(London) Foreign criminals are costing taxpayers £850m a year, with deportation taking an average of 319 days for each offender.
A report by the National Audit Office criticised the Government’s ability to run a system that deals with offenders promptly and efficiently.
They found that despite greater resources the Home Office has made “slower than expected progress” in dealing with the problem.
They estimated that public bodies spent £850m in 2013/14 managing and removing foreign national offenders, working out at around £70,000 per offender.
The time it takes to deport an overseas criminal has however been reduced from an average of 369 days to 319 days.
Amyas Morse of the National Audit Office, said: “It is no easy matter to manage foreign national offenders in the UK and to deport those who have completed their sentences.
“However, too little progress has been made, despite the increased resources and effort devoted to this problem.”
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire MP said: “The countless appeals and re-appeals lodged by criminals attempting to cheat the system cost us all money and are an affront to British justice.
“That is why we are putting a stop to that abuse through the Immigration Act.
“New powers came into force this week to cut the number of grounds on which criminals can appeal their deportation and to end the appeals conveyor belt in the courts.
“The Immigration Act will help us deliver an immigration system that is fair to the people of this country and legitimate immigrants and tough on those who flout the rules.”