The UK Border Agency cost £2,480 million resource and £191 million of capital spend in 2009/2010. It employed some 23,652 full time equivalent people (2008/09 24,311) including external employment agency and temporary staff.
These figures are from their published accounts which you can access on line via their self-congratulatory website at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
Back in 2006 the Home Office which was then notionally in charge of this clusterfuck of a department noticed that some 450,000 asylum seekers claim files were gathering dust and that no-ne knew where they were or what they were doing. John Reid put Phil Woolas in charge.
Since then, under Phil's inspired leadership, they have "cleared up" 334,500 individuals cases, mainly by filing the claims in a different drawer marked "No Further Action Required". Only rather less than one in ten have been deported.
A further 18,000 have been filed under "Can't Find So Forget" and another 43,000 are still in the In Tray but marked "Looks Too Difficult".
The UK Border Agency board comprises the following members:
- Lin Homer, Chief Executive
- Jonathan Sedgwick, deputy chief executive
- Brodie Clark, border force
- Matthew Coats, immigration group
- Barbara Woodward, international group
- David Wood, criminality and detention group
- Martin Peach, intelligence group
- Joe Dugdale, human resources and organisational development
- Justin Holliday, resource management
- Rob Yeldham, communications
- Zilla Bowell, chief of staff
- James Bevan, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, non-executive director
- Melanie Dawes, HM Revenue & Customs, non-executive director
- Chief Constable Martin Baker, Dorset Police, non-executive director
- Mike Hawker, non-executive director
- Graham Sims, non-executive director
- Mark Thomson, non-executive director
- Kathryn Bishop, non-executive director