Windrush Compensation Fiasco

Windrush Compensation Fiasco

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Jan Hunt started this petition to home office and

Sajid Javid, the home secretary, gave his word that he would make things right by the Windrush victims. However the new compensation scheme does little to address the financial impact of loss of jobs and income, debt, homelessness, stress, physical and mental health problems that the detention and deportation of the victims of the Windrush scandal have suffered.

To add insult to injury there is no legal aid available to provide the necessary support to fill in the lengthy application form or to help people quantify their losses, so the burden of proof is still disproportionately placed on the individual. To access compensation up to the unbelievably small amount of currently £10,000.00, people are again required to provide evidence to prove their attempts to contact the Home Office to resolve the problems that the Home Office was itself responsible for creating in the first place. The cost of applications to the Home Office to secure some form of evidence of status – in the face of its refusal to recognise their existing rights – will not be reimbursed, though they can cost individuals hundreds or even thousands of pounds in fees (and debt).

For those who have been deported, despite the enormous impact that would have had on someone’s life this is a further slap in the face for the Victims of Windrush, including those born in the UK who were denied the opportunity to take up a university place because of questions about their parents right to stay in the UK.

In order to finally right the wrongs that the Windrush generations has suffered, an immediate and profound change in Home Office policy and access to suitable remedies such as the interim hardship scheme must be reviewed and overhauled so that the process is fair and accessible and fit for purpose.

As it stands, the new compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal risks adding insult to serious injury.

Please help me to lobby the Home Office for the fair treatment of these individuals, so that any further discrimination and injustice can be avoided at all costs.

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