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Rob Marris: Theresa May Should Resign as Home Secretary

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Compared with the same period in 2013, the backlog of asylum claims has increased by 70% to 16,273 in the first quarter of this year, says the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC). 

In addition, the Home Office:

  • has wasted almost £1 billion on computer systems;

  • cannot find 50,000 rejected asylum seekers;

  • is already missing its own new targets for processing asylum seekers’ claims.

 All this chaos arises just 18 months after Mrs May abolished the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

 Chair of the PAC Margaret Hodge MP, has commented:

"The pressure is on, and the Home Office must take urgent steps to sort out this immigration mess. The Home Office scrapped the UKBA in March 2013, partly because its performance in dealing with backlog cases was not good enough.  However, the department has also failed to get a grip on the long-standing problem of asylum backlogs.  To make matters worse, the department is also failing to meet its targets for dealing with newer claims, so it is creating another backlog for itself.  The failure of major IT projects – designed to streamline processing – not only leaves the department reliant on archaic systems, but may also end up costing the taxpayer up to £1 billion.  The cancellation of the Immigration Case Work programme and the e-Borders IT programme could mean a gob-smackingly awful figure being wasted.”

Mrs May should do the honourable thing, and resign now.

Rob Marris, Labour Candidate for Wolverhampton South West

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