Windrush Scandal: Compensation To Be Capped

This Thursday, details of how the Windrush Compensation scheme would work was revealed in a consultation document. The Home Secretary Sajid Javid,maintains that he is “determined to fix the Windrush injustices”, even appointing a lawyer and son of Windrush parents to oversee the creation of the scheme.  However, the consultation document stated that “It is important to ensure that no individual receives a disproportionately high payment from the public purse”

There have also been talks that the government plans to place a minimum size of claim  in order to avoid “significant administrative expenditure” from processing low-value applications, the Home Office has said.

Equally, we need to balance the need to accept low value claims against the administrative process costs of doing so.

“We believe that both these measures would help to avoid any excessively high payments and protect the taxpayer from processing very low value claims.”

Many windrush victims were forced out of work,with some out of work for years, without the possibility to claim welfare support.  Others, were wrongfully detained and in some cases deported. Lawyers have begun the process of group compensation claims on behalf of these windrush victims

The scheme is intended for those who experienced both financial and non-financial “losses” resulting from the Windrush failings ≥ In other words, those, for example who paid the fees from unsuccessful immigration applications would be eligible for compensation and  those who lost their jobs, or benefits payments refused, or were denied access to NHS care and housing could apply.

However, under the Home Offices proposals “Proof of eligibility alone will not be sufficient to be compensated, the consultation says, adding: “We will need to establish the nature of any loss and consider the evidence in support of that.”

“Whilst we do not yet know the administrative costs of processing claims (as the final scheme has not yet been agreed), we also propose in principle to establish a minimum size of claim so as to avoid significant administrative expenditure being incurred to process low value claims.”

“We believe that both these measures would help to avoid any excessively high payments and protect the taxpayer from processing very low value claims.”

Many windrush victims were forced out of work,with some out of work for years, without the possibility to claim welfare support.  Others, were wrongfully detained and in some cases deported. Lawyers have begun the process of group compensation claims on behalf of these windrush victims

The scheme is intended  for those who experienced both financial and non-financial “losses” resulting from the Windrush failings ≥ In other words, those, for example who paid the fees from unsuccessful immigration applications would be eligible for compensation and  those who lost their jobs, or benefits payments refused, or were denied access to NHS care and housing could apply.

However, under the Home Offices proposals “Proof of eligibility alone will not be sufficient to be compensated, the consultation says, adding: “We will need to establish the nature of any loss and consider the evidence in support of that.”