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HOME OFFICE AUTUMN PERFORMANCE REPORT 2003

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A reduction in crime, improved police performance and efficiency, ...
A reduction in crime, improved police performance and efficiency,

increased control over asylum and a more effective criminal justice

system are some of the considerable successes highlighted in the Home

Office's Autumn Performance Report published today.

Home secretary David Blunkett said:

'The Home Office deals with important issues affecting individuals in

communities throughout the UK. The successes we are achieving

highlight my commitment and that of my ministerial team and staff

working in the Home Office to meet targets set in the 2002 Spending

Review.

'Our successes speak for themselves- we now have record numbers of

police on our streets, we are building safer communities and are

introducing initiatives to tackle crime in the worst hit areas. We

have in place a more regulated asylum and immigration system, and our

Criminal Justice Act, which recently received Royal Assent, is the

most significant and far reaching reform for a generation.'

The report highlights key achievements including:

- A 4% reduction in crime and a reduction in fear of burglary and

violent crime according to the British Crime Survey;

- A more focussed asylum system for those who are genuinely fleeing

persecution and a 50% reduction in the number of asylum claims;

- An overall improvement in the performance of the police through

use of Police Performance Monitors and deployment of the Police

Standards Unit;

- Increasing numbers of offenders brought to justice via Criminal

Justice Area local agencies;

- Falls in the number of offenders that re-offend through custody to

work schemes and education.

The report also details areas where new strategies are already in

place to bring about further improvements including:

- Continued efforts to reduce the use of drugs and drug-related crime

through awareness campaigns like FRANK and by the roll out of drug

testing to Basic Command Units;

< p/="">- Local Criminal Justice Boards finalising their action plans to

improve satisfaction and confidence in the criminal justice system;

- Increased voluntary and community sector activity through

government- sponsored volunteering opportunities and implementation

of the Treasury Review of the role of the voluntary and community

sector in service delivery;

- Using the Home Office Citizenship Survey to monitor the confidence

minority ethnic communities have in their dealings with key public

services.

Notes

1. The report is available on the Home Office website

www.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

2. The department's PSA targets were published in the SR2002 White

Paper (Cm 5571) which was presented to parliament by the chief

secretary to the Treasury on 15 July 2002. How progress will be

measured, and the success criteria for each target are set out in the

SR2002 Public Service Agreement Technical Notes, published by the

Home Office in March 2003 and updated in July 2003.

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