Windrush Victims: Compensation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

Community organisations working with Windrush citizens, including the Black Cultural Archives in my constituency, report that the compensation scheme simply is not working. The form is too complex, advice is neither accessible nor specialist enough, and the burden of proof is far too high. Will the Minister review the scheme, acknowledge that it is not working, and, as an absolute minimum, provide immediate funding for specialist legal advice to be available not only by phone but in person to every Windrush citizen who needs it?