Chief Inspector launches 2019-20 inspection plan


My first three-12 months inspection plan changed into published in 2016, considering that when I have updated it every year.

My intention in publishing a rolling 3-year plan changed into to provide a better sense of the overall shape and variety of ICIBI’s work programme, how careful inspections geared up collectively thematically, and to signpost while individual subjects might be examined.

This technique has been mostly a success in delivering a balanced and broadly-based totally programme of inspections and, in the manner, growing a brighter image of the underlying issues and systemic upgrades required throughout the asylum, immigration, nationality and customs features for which the Home Secretary is accountable.

The cutting-edge model of the plan covers 2019-20 best, as my 5-year appointment as Independent Chief Inspector is due to lead to April 2020. They are deciding what to investigate and while is one of the most critical elements of the Chief Inspector’s independence. Therefore, whoever is appointed to take over the position will want to be free to determine their inspection plan for 2020-21 and past.

The up to date plan for 2019-20 is knowledgeable by the inspections ICIBI completed in 2018-19 and preceding years. It also takes into consideration the views of Ministers, officials, stakeholders, and all people who responded to my open invitation through the ICIBI website to say what they would like to peer inspected.

The plan comes with two crucial caveats.

Firstly, the timing of a few careful inspections will rely upon events outside ICIBI’s control and their effects on the UK’s border and immigration functions; especially the United Kingdom’s go out from the EU and the outcome of the Windrush ‘Lessons Learned’ assessment. The 2019-20 plan notes in which this is a specific concern.

The other key aspect is ICIBI’s capacity. The plan is intentionally ambitious, reflecting the breadth of subjects that benefit attention. To cowl every subject matter listed, ICIBI would want to be staffed all through the 12 months. In reality, while more than a few of recent recruits are in the pipeline and similarly recruitment campaigns are planned, ICIBI starts offevolved 2019-20 with a substantial shortfall in inspectors. As ever, this will suggest some solid selections approximately priorities and some cautious scoping of inspections get the maximum value from the work that we do.

Lastly, it’s far critical to word that the published plan isn’t restrictive. I am therefore happy to obtain guidelines similarly for inspection subjects or angles at any time throughout the year.