Immigration: Windrush Generation

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd August 2018.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those affected by the Home Office's wrongful detention of Windrush immigrants who have received compensation have been required to sign non-disclosure agreements; and if so, why.

Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Windrush immigrants have received compensation; and how many of them, if any, have been required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

There has been a single payment of compensation for unlawful detention in a Windrush generation case and this was subject to a confidentiality agreement. It has been long-standing practice under successive governments for the Home Office to agree confidentiality when settling immigration and asylum compensation claims, when appropriate.

However, we intend to take a different approach in setting up the Windrush compensation scheme. We have committed to establishing a compensation scheme which is tailored to meet the needs of those affected. Nobody who receives compensation through the Windrush compensation scheme will be bound by any condition of confidentiality, unless requested by the individual in question.

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