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Why is the price being increased now?

The last price increase occurred in 2010 but since then costs associated with running the scheme have increased significantly.

We have managed to maintain the current card price for the last eight years however inflationary pressure (up 28% since 2010), together with increased costs associated with combatting fraudulent activity, have pushed our costs up to the point where the current price is not sustainable.

In addition, with our current contact centre provider CITB having served notice to exit the service contract the CSCS Board have agreed to invest in new technology and systems to ensure the application process is modernised.