The figure is the body's highest spend for five years, and represents a substantial increase on the £9.4 million spent in 2005/2006. The Identity and Passport Service, one of its agencies, also spent a further £1 million in 2006/2007.
Two new campaigns have been largely responsible for the rise: a national push to tackle binge-drinking, part of the Government's "respect" drive against anti-social behaviour, and a campaign to enlist Police Community Support Officers.
The budget increase comes despite pressure being applied across Whitehall to clamp down on adspend. High-spending departments, including the Department of Health, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department for Education and Skills, have been forced to trim their budgets in recent years.
A Home Office spokeswoman said that the total spend was still less than 1 per cent of the overall Home Office budget.