May 9, 2012

First they let them in, then they shut them out… In, out, in, out… that’s what our bonus is all about!

UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff received a total £3.5m in performance related bonuses during the 2010-2011 financial year. Not bad for something branded “not fit for purpose”. But, there again, it was recently claimed that Rupert Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run a major international business and he probably receives pay far in excess of the total UKBA staff.

Is the UKBA really that bad? It’s doing its job at the moment, because it’s keeping people out of the country… or at least letting them in slowly!

With bonuses still running at ridiculously high levels across industry it would seem that the maximum payout of £10,000 to two employees is actually quite conservative. If you’re standing in a queue at Heathrow reading this you’ll probably have a different opinion though.

The UKBA seems to be a bit like the Child Support Agency, a good idea in principle but in practice another ‘white elephant’.

With numerous faults and failures to its name the UKBA is coming under increasing pressure to get its act together in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Given its track record in failing to eject foreign nationals following prison sentences or migrant workers with no right to stay in the country, how will they cope with the expected influx of international passengers? And, who’s going to take responsibility if it all goes wrong?

The coalition government continue to blame the problems on the previous Labour government but seem to forget it’s over two years since they left.

When the UK government argue with the European Court of Human Rights about whether they can deport Abu Qatada then what hope or support can they give to the UKBA? In this case the biggest argument was whether the three month deadline for Qatada to make a final appeal had passed. Now, you’d expect a government to know when the three months was up but no, they got it wrong. Despite the government’s miscalculation, the consolation prize on this occasion is that Qatada’s appeal to the Grand Chamber has been rejected… that should make it easier for the UKBA?

To all those who are complaining: It’s time to put your whole self in (or out) and stay put instead of overloading a system that is unmanageable because ‘that’s what it’s all about’!

Last updated: May 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm