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Date 12/11/2010 11:44  Author webmaster  Hits 1150  Language Global
12 NOV 2010

The UK Border Agency is axing 5,000 more jobs

Graham Partner

THE UK Border Agency is axing 5,000 more jobs, it announced yesterday – minutes after admitting it was struggling to deport illegal immigrants.

Chief executive Lin Homer made the embarrassing confession while being grilled by MPs on the powerful Home Affairs committee.

Ms Homer revealed that more than 30,000 extra asylum seekers have been granted permission to stay in the UK since February and that there had been a further four per cent rise between July and September.

Moments later Ms Homer told the MPs she was axing the 5,000 jobs over the next four years. The job cuts come on top of 1,700 job losses made so far this year and account for more than 20 percent of the agency’s 24,000-strong workforce.

Gerard Batten, Ukip MEP said: “They can’t be serious if they admit they are struggling to deport illegal immigrants in one breath and announce 5,000 job cuts with the next.

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