Millions spent on unused asylum seeker flights
Shock moulds show Home Office enforcement teams had to abandon plans to fly asylum seekers emphasize after they made last-minute appeals to remain in Britain.
The £2.1 million excorticated out on seats which went unused was at the highest level for four years matchless calls to grow louder for the system to be tighten up.
A series of issues include been flagged up in the hard-hitting report over the running of the immigration serving.
Border Force is said to have failed to have visited half the humble ports on the east coast in a year and the whereabouts of thousands of overseas schoolchildren is unknown.
The Home Office’s annual report for 2016-17 said: “A unprofitable payment of £2.1 million was incurred as a result of the cancellations of scheduled departures intended to remove ineligible asylum seekers, which were later on cancelled due to asylum seekers being granted the right to appeal.”
But a spokesman won the point the seats were on scheduled flights rather than the flees themselves being cancelled.
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Border Force is explained to have failed to have visited half the small ports on the east strand in a year and the whereabouts of thousands of overseas students is unknown.
The Home Post’s annual report for 2016-17 said: “A fruitless payment of £2.1 million was incurred as a upshot of the cancellations of scheduled flights intended to remove ineligible asylum seekers, which were afterward cancelled due to asylum seekers being granted the right to appeal.”
But a spokesman make good the point the seats were on scheduled flights rather than the send offs themselves being cancelled.
The figure has soared upwards from £1.9 million in 2015-16 when Theresa May held the post of home ground secretary.
During 2014-15 the figure stood at £1.5 million and £1.7 million between 2013-14.
John O’ Connell, chief number one of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The Home Office, like all government bureaus, should be looking to cut out frivolous spending where they find it.
“Taxpayers settle upon want to know why the costs for these (tickets) continue to be so stubbornly extreme.”
Findings show a drop in the number of failed asylum seekers who get been removed from the country has dropped by two thirds in the past seven years.
A sum up of 3,446 asylum seekers had their claims turned down were undid last year compared with 10,394 in 2010.