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Reid Sets out Plans for Home Office

Magazine article Public Finance

Reid Sets out Plans for Home Office

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More than 200 top officials at the Home Office were this week given the first glimpse of John Reid's plans for the embattled department.

Flanked by Sir David Normington, the permanent secretary, Reid outlined an 'improvement to transformation' strategy aimed at rebalancing the criminal justice system in favour of the victim and improving performance across the board.

But the home secretary told his staff that he was 'under no illusions about the size of the task that faces us' and warned that 'the public has a right to more protection, more information, better delivery and more control of their public services'.

While the Home Office had achieved significant improvements since 1997, he said, the 'fundamentals' of the UK's system for dealing with immigration, international terrorism and organised crime 'were designed essentially for a pre-Cold War era.

'We have now reached the limit of what can be achieved without fundamental overhaul.'

Within days of taking the job, Reid said the Immigration and Nationality Directorate was 'not fit for purpose' and the gathering was an opportunity for him to smooth the ruffled feathers of those who will have to deliver the reforms. …

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