The GMB union has called on the Metropolitan Police to speed up dealing with a backlog of people waiting for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
GMB London region secretary Paul Hayes said allowing the backlog to develop was inexcusable on the part of the Metropolitan Police and was stopping people getting work.
“Ensuring those working with and in contact with children and vulnerable adults are safe to do so is a vital function that must be done, and done properly” said Mr Hayes.
“But it must also be done promptly to ensure job roles can be filled and individuals can work and earn a living.”
“Allowing a backlog to develop is inexcusable on the part of the Metropolitan Police and symptomatic of a cuts driven agenda.”
A letter to GMB from the Metropolitan Police confirms that the numbers seeking clearance has grown to 30,000.