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Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister not accept, though, that because the scheme is called the Windrush compensation scheme, some people might assume that it is only for people from the West Indies?

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: I just want to confirm that it is not our intention to vote against the Bill, and it is our intention to not press our amendments. Just before the debate comes to a close, I would like to express, on his behalf, the regret of my colleague and right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) for not being here. He is in self-isolation due to the current public health problems. Amendment,...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: Is the Minister happy with the very low level of pay-out from the Windrush compensation scheme thus far?

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: We are debating this important Bill in the shadow of the terrible existential crisis of coronavirus. However, it would be wrong to let the debate go past without sharing the perspectives of large numbers of the Windrush cohort on the arrangements for compensation. As was said in the Windrush lessons learned review: “Members of the Windrush generation and their children have been poorly...

Home Department: Settled Status for EU Citizens: Internet Access (23 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: On behalf of Opposition Members, I offer my profound sympathy to the families of the 289 persons who have died in this unheard-of pandemic. On the settlement scheme, we obviously welcome the fact that 3 million persons have been successfully processed, but Ministers will be aware that the number of rejections is on a rising curve, with 300 last month. That is increasingly because of problems...

Home Department: Shop Workers: Protection from Violence (23 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: On the question of protecting shop workers and owners, as was referred to earlier, we have all seen the unfortunate recent scenes of disorder in supermarkets when persons attempt to stockpile in response to the coronavirus. We have seen shelves swept clean just hours after the shops open, the apparent shortages of very basic products such as paracetamol, and the elderly being unable to...

Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: I wish to return to the subject of that category of person under immigration legislation who has no recourse to public funds. Because of the coronavirus epidemic and the consequent shutdown of large parts of the economy, these persons will not be able to work. We welcome the help for workers through bank loans and the benefit system that the Government have brought in, but the category of...

Windrush Lessons Learned Review (19 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: We meet as a House of Commons at a time of unprecedented national crisis—a national crisis that none of us has seen before in our lifetime—but I am sure the Home Secretary will agree that we should not allow the fact that the review has been published at a time of national crisis to mean that the review and its recommendations are buried. The Windrush generation deserve better than that....

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I listened with interest to the Minister’s presentation. In particular, I listened when he described the Conservative party as the natural party of law and order. Not all of our constituents would agree with that, having seen the relative cuts in funding and the spike in violent crime. I shall return to that later. I wish to say at the outset that the Opposition will not be opposing the...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing some reality to the discussion. The Opposition have learnt that police chiefs have also recently been told to find another £165 million in 2019-20 and up to £417 million in 2020-21 as a result of the overhaul of pension schemes recently announced by the Treasury. We of course support better police pensions, and indeed better public sector...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: As we know, the Labour Mayor is ultimately dependent on funding from the Government. Given the funding available, I am confident that Sadiq Khan has done the very best he can. The issue comes back to the totality of funding and the police funding formula. The Tories cut the police and they should own it—cuts have consequences. But they also did much worse: they presided over soaring serious...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: My right hon. Friend raises a key point about the precept. Ministers like to claim that by generously allowing PCCs to raise a greater precept, they are somehow doing them a favour. The truth is that reliance on money raised by the precept hits poorer communities that have lower house prices harder. It is not equitable to be endlessly praying in aid the precept, rather than providing proper...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: The precept is a regressive tax, and the Government should think twice before making out that their increasing reliance on precept-raised funds is some sort of progressive move.

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: What can I say—nice try? The National Audit Office recently said that the Home Office “does not know if the police system is financially sustainable.” That is the National Audit Office talking about Home Office Ministers. However, the Government did not confine austerity to police officer numbers; they also cut thousands of police community support officers and thousands of police...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I entirely share my hon. Friend’s concern that the people of Teesside do not appear to be treated fairly. Cuts have consequences—in Cleveland as well as everywhere else. Over the past 10 years, almost every conceivable social factor has contributed to rising crime. Ministers did not mention these things, but let me remind the House that youth services have been slashed, schools have been...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill (10 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: My mother, like that of a number of Members, was a member of the Windrush generation, so I know as well as anybody in the House the patriotism of the Windrush cohort, their commitment to this country, and their deep sense of hurt about the Windrush scandal. It is a scandal that continues to cast a shadow over our country’s reputation for fairness and for just public administration....

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill (10 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her intervention. I was going to come to the point that although people talk about the Windrush scandal in terms of migrants from the Caribbean, it actually affects people from Africa, from south Asia and anyone from a then Commonwealth country who came in at the time. I point out to the House that there is also another, perhaps larger, scandal waiting in...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill (10 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her intervention. The amount and the quantity of the payments are pitifully small, and do not show that the Government have administered the scheme well. We on the Labour Benches believe that the entire scheme for compensation should be like the funding for criminal injuries. First and foremost, compensation should be placed on a statutory footing, as that...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill (10 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: The amounts being paid out are indeed pitiful. They do not compensate for material loss, or for the misery, the fear and the uncertainty under which too many people have laboured for too long. There is no justification for the smallness of the amounts payable under the Government’s scheme. With criminal injuries, the state has no liability; these are serious injuries done to ordinary...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill (10 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I agree with my hon. Friend that much more needs to be done to reassure people who are, rightly, worried about engaging with the Home Office at all because of previous experiences.


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