9 March, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Former Home Secretaries Rt Hon Amber Rudd and Rt Hon Jacqui Smith

Ministerial insights: why is the Home Office so hard to run?

Once dubbed “not fit for purpose”, the Home Office has long been seen as a difficult department to lead. Heavily operational, this great office of state is responsible for deeply complex and high-risk services such as border security, counterterrorism, and immigration control – all headline-creating topics and ones which can easily result in unexpected crises. It is also accountable for policing, though with limited ability to influence operational delivery across 43 separate forces. In short, the Home Office is one of the toughest briefs in government.  

Through the event, we hope to provide an insider perspective on running this most challenging of departments. During the summer leadership campaign, the PM pledged to explore “fundamental Home Office and Border Force reform”, we will explore why the department is so hard to lead, what measures can be taken to improve performance, and whether a fundamental overhaul is indeed needed.

Reform is delighted to host this private panel event convening two former Home Secretaries, Rt Hon Amber Rudd and Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, for a cross-party view of the challenges involved in leading the Home Office and broader lessons for Whitehall reform.

This event is kindly hosted by iNHouse Communications.