What we do
The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.
The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, 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
In 2012 and 2013, our priorities are to:
- empower the public to hold the police to account for their role in cutting crime
- free up the police to fight crime more effectively and efficiently
- create a more integrated criminal justice system
- secure our borders and reduce immigration
- protect people’s freedoms and civil liberties
- protect our citizens from terrorism
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.