Immigration: Windrush Generation

Home Office written question – answered on 26th July 2018.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what amount of compensation members of the Windrush generation are planned to be given for legal fees; and whether that compensation will be at a fixed rate.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to ensure that lessons learnt from the roll-out of previous Government compensation schemes will be taken into account in the roll-out of the Windrush compensation scheme.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money his Department has provisionally allocated for the Windrush compensation scheme.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Government has committed to establishing a Windrush compensation scheme. We are listening to those affected, including through a recent Call for Evidence, which ended on 8 June. We are using that evidence to inform the scope and design of the scheme, including the kinds of loss for which compensation may be paid, and will launch a public consultation on those details shortly.

The Government has emphasised the importance of putting in place a scheme that works, quickly and carefully. As part of that process the Home Office is mindful of relevant guidance from HM Treasury and from the National Audit Office, which draws on the lessons learned from other compensation arrangements.

This process will also help us to understand the scope of the scheme and scale of funding required. The Home Office is in discussion with HM Treasury about all budgets, including any provision that is required for the Windrush compensation scheme.

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