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The Empire Windrush brought many people to the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II. If it was still in service, the Tories would be trying to use it to deport EU citizens.

Victims of the Conservative government’s racism may receive as little as £200 in compensation under a pathetic scheme put forward by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It is too little, too late.

Under the terms of the scheme, it seems victims will receive a fixed tariff of £500 if they were blocked from attending university, £500 if they were denied NHS healthcare and just £200 if they were unable to access banking services as a result of the scandal.

Apparently it won’t compensate people who were refused re-entry to the UK after having left – even if only to go on holiday.

Mr Javid said there was “no cap” on the scheme, but failed to add that the loss categories are defined in such a strict way, and the requirements regarding evidence necessary to prove entitlement to compensation are so onerous, that it would be extremely difficult for some people to make claims – especially as the Home Secretary made no reference to Legal Aid.

In all, while he said there was no cap on the amount available to claimants, he estimated the cost would be around £200 million.

Further information is here and here.


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