The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) announced his new plan for inspections in the coming three years.
The revised plan can be seen here.
In his own words: “The updated Plan shows what I intended to inspect in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 as at April 2017. Alongside this, I have noted where the timing or scope has now been amended to reflect the input from stakeholders and my own assessment of current priorities and issues, informed by the 49 inspections I have completed since May 2015.”
As Free Movement have pointed out in their latest newsletter, the revised plan “includes the perhaps worrying nugget that inspectors did not look into NHS charges for immigrants ‘due to insufficient ICIBI capacity’, with Mr Bolt mentioning staff turnover at the inspectorate as a concern. The revised document also says that the enquiry into ‘hostile environment’ enforcement measures is ‘likely to be a bigger piece of work than envisaged’.”
The ICIBI release three inspection reports in the last two weeks, including a worrying report on Right to Rent and a report that young asylum seekers’ “best interest” is not being guaranteed in current Home Office practices.