Autumn Performance Report 2005
Introduction by the Home Secretary
I am pleased to introduce the 2005 Autumn Performance Report for the Home Office.
The report sets out the progress we have made towards achieving our 2004 Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets,published in the Spending Review (SR) White Paper (Cm 6237) presented to Parliament by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 12 July 2004. The report covers progress against targets that the Home Office is solely responsible for delivering and also those targets that we jointly own with others departments such as the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Crown Prosecution Service.
The measures and success criteria we use to assess progress against each target are set out in the SR2004 PSA Technical Notes, published by the Home Office in July 2004 and updated in July 2005.
The report shows that we have made significant progress against our targets. Overall crime is down by 12% and the fear of crime has fallen.
In the year to September 2005 we have brought 1.194 million offences to justice, exceeding our target for 2005-06. Police performance has improved, but there is still much to do in reforming the police services, to meet operational requirements and the public’s expectations.
Our drug strategy continues to deliver real benefits to communities across the country with record numbers of drug misusing offenders entering drug treatment through the Criminal Justice System and falling drug related crime. Asylum remains under control with sustained falls in those not only claiming asylum but also those who have unfounded asylum claims.
However, there are areas where we need to do more, while we now have more people participating in their communities we still have to make progress in reducing race inequalities and building community cohesion.
This report shows we have made significant progress against our targets setting a strong platform from which we can deliver further improvements, we have a challenging time ahead of us, delivering reforms which will bring about change.
Date: Mon Dec 19 13:00:00 GMT 2005
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