To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an equality impact assessment was conducted prior to the creation of the Immigration Enforcement Competent Authority; and whether an estimate was made on the additional cost of having two National Referral Mechanism decision making bodies in place.
16 December 2021
The creation of the Immigration Enforcement Competent Authority (IECA) was an internal restructure within the Home Office and no public consultation occurred. A full assessment of the Public Sector Equality Duty was undertaken and in line with our ongoing duty, will be kept under review.
The change is part of a wider approach to ensure decision making is streamlined and funding for the IECA is being built into our plans for the next fiscal year.