Fury over handling of top support post

The government has been slammed for filling a top post at the
National Asylum Support Service (Nass) with a member of an
independent team that was still reviewing the body.

Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrats’ home affairs spokesperson, said
Digby Griffith’s appointment as Nass head of accommodation before
the report was complete was “a breathtaking indictment of the way
the government does business”.

In a written parliamentary answer last week, immigration minister
Beverley Hughes revealed that Griffith had been offered the post in
April, a month before the report was submitted.

Oaten said: “It is clearly not possible for an investigator to
remain strictly independent once he or she has been offered a job
in the very organisation they are supposed to be

A spokesperson for the Home Office said the independent review had
been completed by the time Griffith took up his new role.

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