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Home Office Split 'Needs More Funds'

Magazine article Public Finance

Home Office Split 'Needs More Funds'

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Senior civil servants have called for an immediate review of the Home Office's resources following the creation of the Ministry of Justice this week, claiming that they need more funds to manage the department's new remit.

The Treasury has insisted that the Home Office split, formalised by the establishment of the MoJ on May 9, should not involve additional costs. But mandarins believe that is not in line with past Whitehall overhauls.

Rob O'Neil, national officer at the FDA which represents senior Whitehall staff including permanent secretaries, said: "The assertion that the Home Office can be split into two departments without requiring extra resources simply does not reflect the reality of experience with machinery of government changes.

'Splitting the department will do nothing to improve how the Home Office works. Clear priorities and adequate resources will. It is imperative that the government reflects on the resources it is currently allocating to the Home Office to ensure that they match the scale of the challenges it faces'

The MoJ has been formed by the merger of the Department for Constitutional Affairs with the Home Office's former responsibilities for criminal justice, penal and probation services. …

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