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Home Office department processing Rwanda deportations told to cut jobs

Home Office department processing Rwanda deportations told to cut jobs

Home Office department processing Rwanda deportations told to cut jobs
May 14, 2024 56 secs

The head of the Home Office section that detains and processes asylum seekers for deportation to Rwanda has halted recruitment and is drawing up plans for staff cuts after demands from Jeremy Hunt, leaked documents show.

In an email, Skeates said he “had not anticipated” that the department, central to Rishi Sunak’s immigration policy, would be asked to make the cuts demanded of others in Whitehall.

“I am taking the difficult decision today to temporarily pause new recruitment campaigns in the IMOC until we have finalised our plans for delivering against our headcount cap,” he wrote.

In October Hunt announced a “civil service numbers cap”, with expansion frozen and a plan put in place to return it to pre-pandemic size.

The 2023 Illegal Migration Act is a key part of the UK government’s plan to stop asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “ As with all government departments, we remain committed to accessing the best talent and skills into the civil service while adhering to headcount caps, maximising efficiency and delivering for the public whilst retaining maximum value for the taxpayer.”

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