I used to work with children
I was a school governor and previously had been a volunteer youth worker. I also provided transport facilities for disabled. As a result, I used to get vetted by the CRB on a fairly regular basis - none of the agencies would talk to each other and the police got fed up of seeing my name appear on the applications.
So from that point of view, it might be a good thing.
However, I would not be happy about the cost - a tax on volunteering. They say that they will waive the fee, but we've heard this before. There have been previous occasions where the fee had to be paid and then reclaimed. There have also been occasions when the criteria for getting fees waived were so complex, no-one was able to qualify.
OK, I can afford the fee - but why should I? I currently travel to perform a much needed civic task once a month and it costs me just under £20 each time - for which I get all the tea I can drink and biscuits I can eat in 90 minutes, but I will never get a penny of my travel costs back.
Also from previous experience, the CRB checks were a joke. Often they would take months, and on more than one occasion, they lost the paperwork and the application should have had to be re-submitted. Instead they allowed it after a simple phone call. One teacher at the school was working whist waiting for the check to come back for almost 7 months.
And of course, it's yet more public money to be spent on something that probably won't achieve it's main goal and may well fail before it is even completed. And of course, what will happen if they make a mistake. A colleague had to give up voluntary work; his surname was similar to a minor criminal and as a result, the CRB failed his application. He gave up trying to get it corrected - it wasn't worth the effort.
Perhaps it would make more sense if the politicos stopped trying to find new things to "fix" and sorted out some of the more important issues first.