The UK's Home Office is the lead Government department for immigration, passports, counter-terrorism, policing, drugs and crime. It is also responsible for the Government's Cyber Crime Strategy
The Government is strongly committed to ensuring that everyone in the UK has access to the benefits of the internet. The internet has brought, and will continue to bring, huge benefits to the UK, and we will encourage the growth of access to it. However, there are threats to the public and businesses, from cyber criminals that it is the responsibility of Government, working with all sectors, to tackle.
Cyber crime is no longer about those who seek to access computer systems for fun or to prove it can be done. The criminals behind such crimes are organised, and seek to take advantage of those using internet services. Whether this is for financial gain, or as threats to children, the effect on the victims can be devastating. The most vulnerable members of our society are all too often the victims – from young people threatened by bullying or sexual predators to the elderly who provide easy prey for organised fraudsters.
There is already a significant law enforcement response to crime committed on the internet, through the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) e-crime unit, the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), H.M. Revenue & Customs, and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. All of these are tackling online criminals and protecting the public.
The Home Office is also responsible for reducing the threat of cybercrime and cyber terrorism to businesses, organisations and citizens across the United Kingdom. You can read about UK's Cyber Crime Strategy here.
The Home Office includes:
- the office for security and counter-terrorism, which works with other departments and agencies to ensure an effective and coordinated response to the threat of terrorism
- the crime and policing group, which works with the police service and other partners to reduce crime and protect the public
- the Border Force, which is a Home Office operational command responsible for immigration and customs in the UK, including controls in France and Belgium
Movers and shakers
Other Home Office Groups
The Border Force, which strengthens UK borders, makes fast-track asylum decisions, ensures and enforces compliance with our immigration laws, boosts Britain's economy by bringing the right skills here from around the world and ensures Britain is easy to visit legally.
The HM Passport Office is the sole issuer of UK passports and responsible for civil registration services through the General Register Office.
Visas and Immigration
The UK Visas and Immigration is responsible for making millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country, with a firm emphasis on national security and a culture of customer satisfaction for people who come here legally.
Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service helps organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors verify whether job applicants are suitable to work with children or other vulnerable people by checking their criminal backgrounds.
National Crime Agency
The National Crime Agency (NCA) will be a powerful new body of operational crime fighters with a clear focus on public protection.
The Home Office is also responsible for the Police Service in England and Wales and a number of independent services and public bodies
The commercial directorate is responsible for achieving value for money on expenditure. Value for money is buying the right goods and services at the right price from the right supplier and ensuring contracts are continuously managed.
The Home Office conducts its business in a fair, open and transparent manner. It deals with a multitude of local, national or global organisations - from those with just a few employees to those with many thousands. All suppliers to the Home Office are appointed in line with EU regulations relating to public sector procurement, following fair and open competition.
How to become a supplier
Opportunities to become a Home Office supplier can be found by:
- looking for opportunities to tender on the Official Journal of the European Union's Ted (tenders electronic daily) website(Opens in a new window). All government opportunities to tender that are over the limits set by the EU directives are listed here. The data is updated daily.
- visiting the Government Opportunities(Opens in a new window) website
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