14 December 2017
- 10-year contract with the Home Office to provide immigration services – largest ever contract for Mitie Care & Custody
- Reinforces Mitie’s role as largest supplier of immigration detention services to the UK government
- Technology development programme at the heart of partnership with the Home Office
Mitie’s Care & Custody business has been awarded a 10-year contract with the Home Office worth an estimated £525million, through a competitive tender process*. The new services reflect the Home Office’s commitment to detainee welfare.
Mitie will be responsible for escorting immigration detainees, both within the UK and overseas, on removal flights to detainees’ home countries. The contract, which will start in May 2018, also includes the management of a number of fixed facilities throughout the UK, including airport holding rooms, reporting centres, and two short term holding facilities.
Mitie currently manages two immigration removal centres on behalf of the Home Office, Campsfield House and Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). Together these currently have the capacity to house over 1,200 detainees.
Mitie will make significant advances in developing technology systems in partnership with the Home Office to transform the way that immigration escorting services are delivered. This focus on the use of new and emerging technologies will modernise working and operational practices to improve efficiency and de-risk removals.
Colin Dobell, Managing Director of Mitie’s Care & Custody business, said:
“This is a game changing new contract for Mitie Care & Custody and reflects our proven expertise in delivering these services. Since the award of Campsfield House in 2010, we have worked closely with the Home Office to provide a safe and secure approach to immigration services. We are delighted to expand this partnership and look forward to implementing this new contract, with embedded new technology. We believe this will transform immigration escorting services for the Home Office, the people in our care, and also those that work for us."