Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21
(for the year ended 31 March 2021)
Accounts presented to the House of Commons pursuant to Section 6(4) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 and Section 2(3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.
Annual Report presented to the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 8 July 2021.
This is a part of a series of departmental publications which along with the Main Estimates 2020-21 and the document Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 2020, present the Government’s outturn for 2020-21 and planned expenditure for 2021-22.
Home Secretary – Introduction
As Home Secretary, I am immensely proud to lead a Department that is so essential to the Government’s mission to protect and serve the public.
The Home Office’s work has always been critically important, yet the scale of the challenge has been even greater during an unprecedented and immensely challenging period in our country’s history.
Our latest Annual Report and Accounts highlight how the Home Office has contributed to the Coronavirus response, including through the implementation of health measures at the border and support for the police in enforcing rules designed to prevent the spread of the virus, all while continuing to deliver the People’s Priorities. That has only been possible thanks to the dedication and skill of thousands of public servants in the Home Office and on the frontline in operational roles. I am very grateful to them all.
We have pledged to make communities safer and put more police on the streets – and we are making excellent progress. 8,771 officers have already joined forces in England and Wales as part of our campaign to recruit an additional 20,000 over three years. We have continued to invest significantly in tackling the most dangerous threats. For example, thanks to the funding for cracking down on ‘county lines’ drugs gangs, police have made thousands of arrests, shut down hundreds of deal lines and seized vast quantities of drugs and cash.
Home should be a safe place for everyone, so another important strand of our work during the pandemic was ensuring critical frontline services remained available to domestic abuse victims. We also launched the #YouAreNotAlone campaign, which has reached a huge audience, and the Domestic Abuse Bill has now received Royal Assent.
Righting the terrible wrongs suffered by members of the Windrush generation remains a key priority. In December, we announced an overhaul of the Windrush Compensation Scheme, with the amount paid to individuals more than doubling within weeks of the changes taking effect. The Scheme has now paid out £20.4 million and offered a further £9 million.
Progress has also been made in responding to Wendy Williams’s Lessons Learned Review, underpinned by a programme of change designed to deliver a cultural shift in the Home Office.
The Home Office is pivotal in defending the country against threats to homeland security and I pay tribute to all those across government, law enforcement and the security services who work day and night to keep us all safe. During this reporting period, we have enhanced our response to these risks, including through joint work with the Ministry of Justice to overhaul terrorist sentencing. In February we set out proposals for a new Protect Duty as part of our commitment to improve safety and security at public venues and spaces.
We have also produced a New Plan for …….