Staff in the UK Border Agency have been told their jobs will stay exactly the same – despite the Home Secretary trumpeting sweeping reforms to the under-fire service.
Moments after Theresa May announced the UKBA would be split into two and brought back under her control, an embarrassing staff memo emerged.
It said the workforce would “still be doing the same job in the same place with the same colleagues for the same boss” despite the reforms.
Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill wrote to staff ahead of the Easter break to inform them of the changes.
In the note, he tells his staff: “Most of us will still be doing the same job in the same place with the same colleagues for the same boss and with the same mission to keep Britain’s streets safe and our borders secure.”
He adds: “I know that all change is unsettling and this is a significant programme of reform.
“I am confident that the new structures and systems will strengthen the Home Office’s leadership platform, but it is just
a platform. Delivery is down to us.”
It comes after May told MPs the agency responsible for an immigration backlog the size of Iceland is to be split up.
It has previously been criticised for wrongly suspending security checks and having up to 100,000 unopened letters.
May told the Commons the “troubled” department would come back into her control.
She told MPs the UKBA in its current form “struggles with the volume of its casework”.
“The Agency has been a troubled organisation since it was formed in 2008 and its performance is not good enough.