All Windrush victims to get at least £10,000 – including those who’ve died or been wrongly deported?

Last Updated: December 14, 2020By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Empire Windrush brought many people to the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II. As I never tire of pointing out, if it had still been in service a couple of years ago, the Tories would have been trying to use it to deport them all again.

People are reacting to this announcement with scepticism – and who can blame them?

Here’s what the government has said:

The government is to give more money to victims of the Windrush scandal, which saw hundreds of people wrongly threatened with deportation.

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that the minimum payment will rise from £250 to £10,000, and the maximum from £10,000 to £100,000.

The figure will be higher still in “exceptional” circumstances, with money coming through quicker than before.

In the analysis inset by Westminster Hour‘s Jack Fenwick, though, he said

One person [told] me they won’t believe it until a cheque is in the post.

Who can blame them?

The big scandal of the Windrush compensation scheme so far is that people have died before receiving compensation. Did their descendants get the cash? That would have been reasonable, in the circumstances. Taking it back would not.

And what about people who were wrongly deported. Has the Home Office made any effort to contact them, apologise, and ask them to come back? Many of Priti Patel’s deportation victims have suffered terrible ill-treatment since deportation, so that is a can of worms that needs to be opened.

So it’s a nice announcement. But we need to action, not just pretty words.

Source: All Windrush victims to get at least £10,000 – BBC News

One Comment

  1. disabledgrandad December 15, 2020 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I will believe this whole mess of the Tory scums making and there racist get out policy of British people let me remind you!

    Who has given a lifetime of hard work usually being racially abused as well and now this final insult, a pittance compared for the years of abuse and degradation! Half will never see the money they have died FFS…

    The Tory party should be paying the compensation not the country! Then they might learn not to treat others like lesser beings. Just because of the colour of their skin.

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