The Home Office’s annual report published today claims
that the department has made real inroads into tackling problems
within the asylum system, reduced crime and increased public
confidence, writes Clare Jerrom.
The department heralds its success in reducing asylum
applications by almost three quarters since the peak in October
Crime was down by more than 10 per cent in the 12 months to
December 2004 and there was increased public confidence, especially
among black and ethnic minorities, that justice will be done when a
crime is committed.
Home Office permanent secretary Sir John Grieve said while big
improvements in efficiency had been made, further work was needed
to meet the expectations of the public.
“Our plans show how the reforms we have embarked on,
including the establishment of the National Offender Management
Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, will bring the
level of crime and fear of crime down further,” he
Report from www.homeoffice.gov.uk