Publication scheme guidance

We comply with the government-wide publication scheme, which suggests that certain types of publications should be made available to the public, by making them available on our websites. This guidance explains the type of information that we have released and where to find it.

Archived content

Home Office websites were recently copied and archived on the National Archives website, if you are looking for information from before 7 May 2010, you may find it on the National Archives versions of our websites. Read more information about our archived websites.

Type of information

We publish information published as outlined in the Information Commissioner's Office guidance.

Use the links to find information on the following categories:

1. About our organisation
2. What we spend and how we spend it
3. What are our priorities and how are we doing?
4. How we make decisions
5. Our policies and procedures
6. Lists and registers
7. The services we offer

1. About our organisation

1.1 Roles and responsibilities
Find out about the roles and responsibilities of the department and its agencies and public bodies, including the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and National Fraud Authority (NFA).

1.2 Organisational structure
View information on the organisational structure of the Home Office, its agencies and public bodies.

1.3 Information about legislation relevant to the department’s functions. 
Information about Home Office legislation.
Information about the legal basis for the establishment of the CRB.

1.4 Information about Home Office agencies and public bodies is available on the department's website.
Information about organisations involved in the CRB service is also available, and you  can also view the organisations that work with the National Fraud Authority.

1.5 Department ministers, permanent secretaries, chief executives, management board members and senior executives
Ministers’ biographies are available on the website.
The CRB annual report contains details of the management board and responsible Home Office minister.
Information about the NFA executives, non-executive directors and the fraud programme board.

1.6 Locations of, and contact details for, the Home Office and IPS offices.
A contact us form is available on the website.

2. What we spend and how we spend it

2.1 Financial statements, budgets and variance reports
Details available in the 2009-10 resource accounts document. You can also view information on the spending review.
Details relating to spending that is more than £25,000 is also available on the Home Office website.
The NFA routinely publishes information about NFA spending, priorities, plans and achievements.

2.2 Capital programme
Details available in the 2009-10 resource accounts document.

2.3 Spending reviews
Details available in the 2009-10 resource accounts document.

2.4 Financial audit reports
This information has not yet been released. Please visit the archived Home Office website on the National Archives website for information published under the previous administration.
The NFA's annual report contains information about the financial activities of the previous year.

2.5 Staff and board members’ allowances and expenses
Details of business expenses and hospitality for senior officials, ministers and special advisers are available.
Details of CRB business expenses and hospitality for senior officials are also available.

2.6 Ministerial expenditure
Information about ministerial expenditure is available.

2.7 Pay and grading structures
Information about staff salary details and the structure of the Home Office, its agencies and executive non-departmental public bodies.

2.8 Procurement procedures
Summarised details of procurement process and guidance for suppliers available on Home Office website.
Small and medium-sized enterprises - Home Office actions outlines the steps which the Home Office plans to take to meet the government commitment to allow small businesses and voluntary organisations to compete more fairly for government contracts.
Supplier recognition conference. As part of the supplier relationship management strategy, the Home Office held a supplier recognition conference on 21 July 2011 to recognise suppliers who have delivered innovative and money saving solutions in support of our delivery.

2.9 List of contracts awarded and their value
For details of published contracts and tender documents over £10,000 please visit the contracts finder portal

2.10 Financial statements for projects and events
Financial information specific to the CRB, including financial spend for projects, is contained within the CRB annual report.

2.11 Internal financial regulations
Details available in the 2009-10 resource accounts document.

2.12 Exceptions to spending controls
Details of exceptions to the government’s moratorium on third-party spend are available on the Home Office website.

2.13 Transparency spend over £25,000
The following data sets contain details of Home Office, Agency and NDP spending over £25,000

3. What are our priorities and how are we doing?

3.1 Strategic plans
Strategic plans are currently contained within the structural reform plan, available in the business plan. The structural reform priorities are:

  1. Empower the public to hold the police to account for their role in cutting crime - introduce directly elected police and crime commissioners and make police actions to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour more transparent
  2. Free up the police to fight crime more effectively and efficiently - cut police bureaucracy, end unnecessary central interference and overhaul police powers in order to cut crime, reduce costs and improve police value for money. Simplify national institutional structures and establish a National Crime Agency to strengthen the fight against organised crime
  3. Create a more integrated criminal justice system - help the police and other public services work together across the criminal justice system
  4. Secure our borders and reduce immigration - control net migration to sustainable levels, in the tens of thousands a year. Limit non-EU economic migrants, and introduce new measures to reduce inflow and minimise abuse of all migration routes, for example the student route. Process asylum applications more quickly, and end the detention of children for immigration purposes
  5. Protect people’s freedoms and civil liberties - reverse state interference to ensure there is not disproportionate intrusion into people’s lives.

Our diversity strategy 2010-13, launched in June 2010, sets out the Home Office's ambitions on equality and diversity, both in relation to staff and in delvering services to the public.

The National Fraud Strategy describes how the private, public and voluntary sectors need to actively work together to create a hostil environment for fraudsters.

The relationship between the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Government Equalities Office (part of the Home Office) is set out in a framework document.

The IPS framework agreement sets out how the IPS will work with the Home Office.

3.2 Business plan

3.3 Annual report

3.4 Internal and external organisation performance reviews
Controlled archive - details of asylum applications received before March 2007 which UKBA were unable to complete processing when they lost contact with the applicant. Since the establishment of the case audit and assurance unit progress has been made in contacting some of these applicants and their applications are under active consideration.
Key data on family return process - 2011 and pilot data. Contains information on the family cases that have been put through the new family returns process.
The Home Office capability action plan is an assessment of leadership, strategy and delivery. This report has been developed through extensive desk and field based evidence-gathering work rigorous challenge provided by non-executive directors.
Information on Home Office energy use.

3.5 Performance reports to Parliament
The Home Office annual report and accounts is the annual report by the department to Parliament.

3.6 Inspection reports
Business areas that produce Inspection Reports include HMIC and the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency.

3.7 Impact assessments
The following assessments are available on the Home Office website:

Further impact assessments are contained within individual Home Office consultations.

Details of UKBA impact assessments are available on the UKBA website.

3.8 Customer Service Standards

3.9 Statistics produced in accordance with departmental requirements
Research and statistics produced by the Home Office on topics such as crime, counter-terrorism, the justice system, migration and asylum.
Abstracts from animal research authorised by the Home Office.

3.10 Public service agreements
This information has not yet been released. Please visit the archived Home Office website on the National Archives website for information published under the previous administration.

4. How we make decisions

Information about major policy proposals and decisions can be found in the publications area of the Home Office website.

The Home Office website also contains information about:

Information about UKBA policy proposals can be found on the UKBA website. Details of the agency's consultations are also available.

Minutes from the Home Office Supervisory Board, the Migration Advisory Committee and the Animal Procedures Committee are available on the Home Office website.

All Home Office circulars since 2003 are also available; if you need an earlier circular then please contact us.

5. Our policies and procedures

5.1 Policies and procedures for conducting departmental business

Information about major policy proposals and decisions can be found in the publications area of the Home Office website.

The department also releases a range of information under the transparency initiative.

Home Office continuous improvement strategy

Employment monitoring report - an annual update on how the Home Office is performing against the monitoring of its statutory duties to its employees in accordance with equality legislation.

IPS employment benefits

Information about recruitment and working for the Home Office.
Information about how to apply to register on the UKBA panel of interpreters.
Policies and guidance followed by staff at the Identity and Passport Service regarding the issuing of passports.
UKBA staff guidance on asylum, immigration directorate instructions, country informaiton, Detention Service Orders and operating standards for pre-departure accomodation.
Border Force operations manual.

5.2 Customer service
The Home Office accessibility policy is available, as is a procedure for handling complaints.

5.3 Records management and personal data policies
The Home Office has published an information charter in relation to its handling of personal data. We have also published an information management strategy.

5.4 Charging regimes and policies

6. Lists and registers

6.1 Public registers and registers held as public records
Lists of non-personal data are published on the Home Office website.
Register of sponsors: approved education providers and employers.
Lists of civil penalties issued to employers for not complying with illegal working legislation.
Lists of financial institutions that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements.

Lists of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law and the criteria that are considered when deciding whether or not to proscribe a group or organisation.

6.2 Asset registers and information asset register
The Home Office information asset register is a list of personal and non personal information assets held by the Home Office. The register is reviewed on a regular basis and updates will be published to reflect changes.

6.3 Disclosure log
Information released under the Freedom of Information Act is available in the disclosure log on the Home Office website.

6.4 Register of gifts and hospitality provided to Ministers and senior personnel

Information about the hospitality and business expenses of ministers, special advisers and Home Office senior officials is published  on a quarterly basis.

6.5 Any register of interests kept by the department
This information has not yet been released. Please visit the archived Home Office website on the National Archives website for information published under the previous administration.

6.6 Other lists required by law
The Home Office does not hold any list required by law.

7. The services we offer

Home Office

Criminal Records Bureau

Identity and Passport Service

National Fraud Authority

UK Border Agency

Forensic Science Regulator

Date: Tue Jul 13 14:28:39 BST 2010

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