The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s inspection of Asylum Casework (March – July of 2015) found that the Home Office had made significant improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of its management of asylum casework during 2014/15 and had met its aim of deciding all straightforward claims made on or after 1 April 2014 within six months.
The inspection found that decision-makers were professional and demonstrated a commitment to fairness.
However, it also noted that the quality of interviewing and decision-making needed to improve, along with the recording of the reasons for decisions. It identified a number of areas for improvement, including aspects of the screening process and the management of further leave applications from unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The most serious failings concerned the way in which allegations of torture were managed and it noted that existing procedures were not working as intended. This report makes nine recommendations for improvement. The Home Office has accepted five and partially accepted the remaining four. The full report and Home Office response (4 February 2016) are available here.