Justice report raises significant concerns about Windrush Compensation Scheme

  • The UK based human rights charity Justice which works to reform the UK justice system with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalised in society issued a report on 15 November 2021 on the Windrush Compensation Scheme for victims of the Windrush Scandal.
  • The Scheme has come in for serious criticism since it was first launched in 2019, readers of this blog will be aware that we previously wrote about these difficulties in our blog on 12 July 2021.

The report make 27 recommendations to improve administrative and procedural aspects of the Scheme to ensure that it is properly accessible, fair and efficient for those who it was intended would benefit from it.

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The Windrush Compensation Scheme pays out £360,000 within first year but still facing serious criticism

The Windrush Compensation Scheme opened in April 2019 following an outcry over the treatment of British citizens from the Caribbean who faced deportation and the loss of access to public services after being wrongly swept up in an immigration crackdown.

In order for a payment to be made under the scheme, an applicant must first accept the offer made. If an applicant is unhappy with the offer made he/she can request a free internal review. If an applicant still does not agree with the outcome, the applicant can request a further review from the Independent Adjudicator.

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