What we do
The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this endeavour since 1782. As such, the Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.
The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police.
We are responsible for:
- working on the problems caused by illegal drug use
- shaping the alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions
- keeping the United Kingdom safe from the threat of terrorism
- reducing and preventing crime, and ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities
- securing the UK border and controlling immigration
- considering applications to enter and stay in the UK
- issuing passports and visas
- supporting visible, responsible and accountable policing by empowering the public and freeing up the police to fight crime
- fire prevention and rescue
Our priorities are to:
- prevent terrorism
- cut crime
- control immigration
- promote growth
- transform the Home Office
Read our single departmental plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.
Who we are
Our main offices are based in London, but we also have staff based around the country.
We are supported by a number of agencies and public bodies including: