Disclosure and Barring Service waiting list

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many people are currently waiting for the Metropolitan Police to respond to their Disclosure and Barring Service application? How many of these applications are for: a) voluntary positions b) working in education c) caring profession? What has been the average waiting time for dealing with applications in the last six months?


Answer for Disclosure and Barring Service waiting list

Answer for Disclosure and Barring Service waiting list

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As of 7 December 2015, the MPS had 68,336 outstanding Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications. A normal work in progress amount for the MPS would be in the region of 25,000 at any one time.

I recognise the significant impact of the delays in processing DBS applications and have raised this issue directly with the MPS Commissioner. There are now a range of actions in progress to improve the situation including the recruitment of additional staff and the establishment of a dedicated evening team to resolve the backlog. TfL has also provided a number of dedicated staff to the MPS to assist in clearing the backlog.

MOPAC is continuing to work with the Home Office and MPS to find further ways to improve the speed of the process, including by the secondment of a senior colleague.

Unfortunately, MPS systems are not defined in such a way as to be able to sift particular professions so unfortunately we are unable to provide the requested breakdown of applications.

Applications are processed in chronological order. The Met's system is unable to calculate of average waiting times; however a plan is in place that will clear the backlog of applications by March 2016.