Foreign criminals being offered 3,000 pounds to leave the UKMarch 5th, 2008 - 3:28 pm ICT by admin
London, Mar.5 (ANI): Foreign prisoners are being offered 3,000 pounds to leave Britain, the Government has admitted. The standard financial reintegration package is 800 pounds, but the higher offer has been introduced as the jail population hits record levels.
The “enhanced” incentive is available until the end of next month.
Lin Homer, chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, said: “We strongly believe foreign lawbreakers should be sent home at the earliest opportunity.
“Every day that we can get these individuals out of the country early, saves our taxpayers over 100 pounds a night, the Daily Snack quoted Homer, as saying.
The standard scheme - announced by then Home Secretary John Reid in 2006 as a means of easing the prison overcrowding crisis - offers a package of up to 800 pounds for help with education, training, housing and resettlement.
This is in addition to the 46 pounds discharge grant which prisoners receive on leaving jail.
Between October last year and January this year, the Home Office offered an enhanced package of 1,500 pounds for reintegration assistance.
According to the Home Office, more than 4,200 foreign prisoners were deported last year 80 percent more than the previous year.
It said the Facilitated Returns Scheme helped achieve that figure. (ANI)
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