Home Office 'fails to deal' with asylum cases backlog of nine years

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Home Office 'fails to deal' with asylum cases backlog of nine years
29th October 2014

The Home Office has been accused of “failing to deal” with a backlog of asylum requests – with 29,000 cases still pending dating back to 2007.
A report by the Commons public account committee (PAC) also shows that 11,000 of those cases have not yet had their first ruling.
The PAC report also revealed that 50,000 asylum seekers have been “lost” following the failure of two major IT projects and staffing decisions.
It summarised that the closure of the two IT projects cost the Home Office around £1bn.
The two large-scale projects were intended as an attempt to streamline the Home Office’s asylum and migration processes and save money.
But the PAC report says the failure of the IT projects “left the department without a comprehensive, system-wide IT strategy”.

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