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.