The UK Home Secretary has opened a scheme to compensate members of the ‘Windrush generation’ who were unable to prove their right to live in the UK.
The scheme, which was designed in consultation with those affected and will have independent oversight, is the latest step in the UK Government’s commitment to right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation.
It will provide payments to eligible individuals who did not have the right documentation to prove their status in the UK and suffered adverse effects on their life as a result. These could range from a loss of employment or access to housing, education or NHS healthcare to emotional distress or a deterioration in mental and physical health.
The scheme is open to anyone from any nationality who has the right to live or work in the UK without any restrictions or is now a British Citizen, and arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988. It is also open to anyone from a Commonwealth country who arrived and settled in the UK before 1973. Certain children and grandchildren of those arriving before 1973 and some close family members may also be eligible to apply.
People who were wrongfully detained or removed from the UK could also be able to make a claim.
St Helena Government is not aware of any St Helenians who have been affected by Windrush or who would be eligible for compensation. However, in the event that anyone has been affected, please do refer to the scheme guidelines for further information.
Further information on the Windrush Compensation Scheme including the guidelines and claim form can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/windrush-compensation.
23 April 2019