Windrush Compensation Scheme
The Windrush scandal refers to the 2018 revelation that the Home Office had wrongfully detained, harassed and deported at least 83 people who came to the UK legally before 1973.
The ‘Windrush’ generation are those who arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973. Many took up jobs in the nascent NHS and other sectors affected by Britain’s post-war labour shortage. The name ‘Windrush’ derives from the ‘HMT Empire Windrush’ ship which brought one of the first large groups of Caribbean people to the UK in 1948. As the Caribbean was, at the time, a part of the British commonwealth, those who arrived were automatically British subjects and free to permanently live and work in the UK.
The Windrush scandal began to surface in 2017 after it emerged that hundreds of Commonwealth citizens, many of whom were from the ‘Windrush’ generation, had been wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights. Coverage of these individuals’ stories began to break in several newspapers, and Caribbean leaders took the issue up with then-prime minister, Theresa May.
Those subject to Home Office controls were demanded to prove their residence in the UK since 1973 which was close to impossible. The lack of documentation led not only to deportation and detention but also were denied access to health, accommodation, employment and benefits which they would be legally entitled to.
In April 2019, the Government announced that they would compensate victims of the Windrush scandal as well as their families.
Is Westkin Associates right for you?
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Westkin Associates has a combined experience spanning over 80 years of UK immigration law and worked on every aspect of this field. We support clients in every step of this process and have successfully appealed wrongful judgements by the Home Office. Having cared for over 41,000 clients, we have developed both knowledge and expertise to support your case.
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At the heart of our operation is care for our clients and ensuring that they receive the best legal assistance and service they can receive. Our immigration lawyers are knowledge on every aspect of immigration law and strive to ensure that their clients understand their case as well as the risks and opportunities available to them.
Are you eligible?
Those eligible for compensation include;
– The children and grandchildren of Commonwealth citizens, under certain circumstances
– The close family of those who are eligible, where there has been a significant impact on their life or clear evidence of financial cost
– The estates of those who have died but would have been eligible for compensation otherwise
How much will you be compensated?
The compensation that you are eligible for will vary depending on the circumstances.
For example, those wrongfully detained will be compensated depending on how long they were detained for. Those who were deported will be compensated a fixed volume of £10,000.
The amount an applicant can claim varies and is dependent upon the harm done. For example, if an applicant was wrongfully deported, Appendix C, specifies that the Home Office will pay a fixed amount of £10,000 to the victim.
Appendix F, states that a person who was unable to access housing services because he did not have the proper documents may claim £1,000. Whereas, a person who was wrongfully detained will be compensated based on the length of his detention.
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