The Scottish Mail on Sunday



A HOME OFFICE official in charge of protecting Britain’s borders was given a bonus on top of his six-figure salary, despite the record number of migrants crossing the English Channel.

Glyn Williams (left), who is currently the director general of Migration and Borders and earns up to £145,000, received £13,000 as a bonus for his performanc­e for the 2019-20 financial year.

According to official figures, 1,892 migrants made the Channel crossing in 2019 but the figure rose to 8,420 last year.

Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: ‘Bonuses should be linked to success, not failure.’

He added that he was surprised the bonus had been paid ‘during a pandemic when many people are lucky to hold on to their salaries’.

Home Office sources said that Mr Williams had been ‘responsibl­e for the Nationalit­y and Borders Bill overhaulin­g the decades

-old asylum system to prevent illegal entry’.

Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary at the Home Office,

said: ‘I am hugely grateful to

Glyn Williams and the excellent service he provides.

‘It is important that we offer competitiv­e salaries and bonuses to recruit, retain and motivate the best senior executives.’

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