Why does the UK Government say I have to buy a Microsoft System?

In the UK, you need a DBS certificate for certain jobs or voluntary work, e.g. working with children or in healthcare.  Most people don’t think of it as another tax , but it is, and one that disproportionately affects the low paid.  It wasn’t until I tried to renew this certificate for a friend on my open source Linux system that I realised there was another tax.  Apparently you also need to buy a Microsoft License:DBS
I’m looking forward to the time when you have to use Apple Pay, that way I can subsidise two US corporations at the same time.


  1. Colin says:

    I would be screwed too, I don’t have IE on my windows machine. Only Chrome.
    Did u change your user agent to report that if was IE?
    – Colin


    1. admin says:

      Doesn’t always work, sadly. Had to use my work laptop


      1. Colin says:

        I wonder what they are going to do when even Microsoft is planning to remove all references to IE and start using there new browser. The website will will be telling people to use a browser that effectively no longer exists.


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