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July 20, 2021 5:02 PM

The Home Office is just not fit for purpose as this debate showed.

There are some excellent points from our own Tim Farron's speech in this debate on asylum delays including "if I apply for a job and I do not get it, I was not bogus; I was unsuccessful. The notion that people who come here seeking asylum are doing something nefarious is a rotten thing to start off with in any event."

He also quotes the figures:

  • at present, 66,185 people in our asylum system are waiting for a decision-that is the highest figure for a decade.
  • Of those people, 50,000 have been waiting for an initial decision for more than six months-again, that figure is the highest for a decade.
  • In 2014, 87% of cases were decided within six months; in 2020, it was just 20%.