On 18th January 2024 our Chair, Sir Robert Chote, wrote to Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs in response to his letter regarding the backlog of asylum claims.

We highlighted the need for ministers and advisers to think carefully about how a reasonable person would interpret a quantitative claim of clearing the backlog of asylum decisions by a specific date and to consult the statistical professionals in their department.

Read the full letter: Response from Sir Robert Chote to Alistair Carmichael MP – Asylum backlog figures

Related letter: Response from Sir Robert Chote to Stephen Kinnock MP – Asylum backlog figures