Home Office Budget cut by 23% – Down to £8.5 Billion by 2014/15

Of the 20,000 active posts currently within the UK Border Agency more than 5,000 are expected to go, with officials insisting that the impact on border controls can be kept to a minimum by making efficiency savings and improving productivity. In response to the Spending Review the UK Border Agency has said that ‘while meeting our international obligations, we will drive down the cost of asylum support and make greater use of technology, focusing efforts on the greatest risks and improving productivity.’ Theresa May, the Home Secretary, also said that \”my absolute priority is to ensure that the UK retains its capabilities to protect the public.\”

The UK Border Agency may now look to increase the cost of visa processing significantly for economic migrants and visitors to the UK in order to top up income.

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