Home Office hands out diversity and inclusion cards to civil servants to discuss safe spaces before meetings

Home Office hands out diversity and inclusion cards to civil servants to discuss safe spaces before meetings

GB News has exclusive footage of the Home Office's Inclusion Cards

Steven Edginton

By Steven Edginton

Published: 02/07/2024

- 21:20

A Home Office source told GB News the Inclusion Cards were part of a wider "woke HR culture" in the department

Home Office civil servants have been provided with packs of ‘Inclusion Cards’ to prompt discussions about diversity and safe spaces before meetings, GB News can reveal.

The Home Office branded packs feature 54 question cards focussing on diversity, equality and inclusion.

Civil servants are told to “Pick a card, ask the question then discuss responses to create an open and curious focus at the start of a team meeting”.

Questions include: “What does diversity at work mean to me?”, “What do I need to feel that I belong?”, “What are the benefits of diversity for our team?”, “What does equality mean to me?” and “How often do I promote equality?”.

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A Home Office source told GB News: “These inclusion cards are typical of the Home Office's woke HR culture.”

“They treat us like children and spread their propaganda around diversity and inclusion constantly.”

“We hear about it in meetings, go through endless DEI training and waste time we should be spending on protecting Britain's borders discussing the colour of our skin, our sexuality or our religion.”

“Working here can be demoralising and ministers seem to do nothing to stop the DEI rampage.”

One Home Office Inclusion Card asks: What is one thing we can do to support equality?

The pack of cards are entitled “Let's Talk Inclusion Cards” and claim that “The questions explore themes that impact inclusion at work: Belonging, Authenticity, Voice, Trust, Feeling Safe, Diversity and Equality”.

Robert Bates, the Research Director for the anti-immigration think tank the Centre for Migration Control, told GB News: “We’ve reached the point where the Home Office needs to put in special measures.”

“It’s hard to discern what its actual day-to-day functions are at the moment.”

“Illegal migration is at levels never seen in this country, with huge costs inflicted on us all. Our legal migration routes are rife with rule-breaking and abuse.”

“The majority of the country would prefer it if civil servants started their meetings by asking questions like “how can we stop the boats?”, or “how can we bring legal migration down from its record highs?”, rather than asking each other questions that you’d expect to hear in an undergraduate seminar room at a roundabout polytechnic.”

“The only diversity we need to see in the Home Office is a semblance of diverse opinion.”

“The department is currently a cathedral to woke, open border thought, and those who actually believe in making Britain a safe, secure place to live seem to be a minority.”

Other questions featured on the cards include: “When was the last time I felt belonging?”,

“What is the one thing we can do to support equality?”, “How can we create a safe space for others to speak up?” and “How can we be ourselves more?”.

Anna McGovern, a broadcaster and commentator, said: “This is the Home Office’s Civil Service, yet again, spending taxpayer money to push an ideologically motivated agenda rather than doing their job.”

“Their top priority should always be to serve this government and the country.”

“It is deeply concerning that the Home Office feels the need to produce ‘inclusion cards’ - is this an overt strategy to control the conversations had between civil servants?”

“It feels like a deliberate motivation to virtue signal how ‘diverse and inclusive’ the Home Office believe they are - but I think it further points towards the broken functions of the civil service itself.”

“For a body that claims to be impartial and independent, this facade seems to be wearing thin.”

The Home Office cards also feature the slogan “Serving Diverse Communities, Acting on our values”.

GB News understands civil servants in the department have been handed packs of the cards which are used as a part of Home Office schemes to promote diversity and inclusion among officials.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We keep our diversity and inclusion policies and programmes under constant review to ensure they meet the needs and priorities of the department and our people.”

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