May abolishes the UKBA

Written by Civil Service World on 27 March 2013 in News

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to be axed and its functions divided into two separate Home Office units, home secretary Theresa May announced yesterday in Parliament

Her announcement follows the publication of a highly critical report by the Commons’ Home Affairs commttee on Monday. This complained that the UKBA had “misled” Parliament.

May told MPs that the structure of the UKBA encourages a “secretive culture”, and said it will be split into two parts: one focussing on the visa system, and the other on immigration law enforcement.

This is the second time in a year that the UKBA has been split into two distinct organisations. Last year, its border policing function was peeled off into a separate organisation: UK Border Force.

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