UK former border chief 'failed'

A group of MPs has launched a scathing attack against the head of Britain's tax office today for her "catastrophic leadership failure" when she was in charge of the country's border controls.

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Immigration Minister: UK Border Agency can improve

After a group of MPs launched a scathing attack against the former head of the UK Border Agency for her "catastrophic leadership failure," Immigration Minister Mark Harper says he has confidence the agency can be improved.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper. Credit: Press Assocation

He said: "We have always been clear that the UK Border Agency was a troubled organisation with a poor record of delivery.

"Turning it around will take time but I am determined to provide the public with an immigration system they can have confidence in."

MPs: 'UKBA provided inaccurate asylum numbers'

In its report into the work of the UKBA between July and September last year, the Home Affairs Select Committee said four new types of backlog came to light, taking the total number of cases to 312,726.

The Home Affairs Select Committee has published a report on the performance of the UKBA. Credit: Press Assocation

The committee concluded that for six years the UKBA "repeatedly supplied it with incorrect information" about the size of the asylum backlog and the checks being carried out to try and trace applicants in the controlled archives.

Its report said Lin Homer - former head of the UKBA - "continues to try and evade responsibility for her failings" and calls for a stronger role for Parliament when civil servants are being scrutinised for senior positions.

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Former UK border chief 'unfairly blamed' for failures

Lin Homer said it was "unfair" to blame her for things that happened after she left the UK Border Agency. The Home Affairs Select Committee was told it would take 24 years to clear through a backlog the size of the population of Iceland of asylum and immigration cases.

It is shocking that after five years under Lin Homer's leadership an organisation that was described at the beginning of the period as being 'not fit for purpose' should have improved its performance so little.

– Home Affairs select committee

UK former borders chief 'catastrophic leadership failure'

A group of MPs has launched a scathing attack against the head of Britain's tax office for her "catastrophic leadership failure" when she was in charge of the country's border controls.

Former UK borders chief, Lin Homer Credit: PA Wire

The Home Affairs select committee said it was "astounded" Lin Homer was promoted to the £180,000-a-year role of Chief Executive of HM Revenue & Customs after her performance during the five years she spent at the top of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

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