Javid ‘dragging feet’ on Windrush compensation

Javid 'dragging feet' on Windrush compensation

The call is being led by the shadow home secretary Diane Abbott on the 70th anniversary of the arrival in the UK of the Empire Windrush ship.

It follows an admission by the immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, that the government has not reached a decision on a compensation scheme more than two months after it was raised by MPs.

The Home Office call for evidence on the Windrush compensation scheme closed two weeks ago, but a full consultation on details of the scheme has not yet been announced and Mr Javid has not confirmed when it will be introduced.

Today, as we mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush, many of our fellow citizens have been left destitute by the Home Office and the government’s hostile environment policy, said Ms Abbott.

They cannot wait months for a consultation to be concluded on the government’s promised compensation scheme.

The Home Office’s hostile environment policy has left British citizens in debt, jobless, denied access to the benefits to which they are entitled and even homeless.

The home secretary must act to urgently establish a hardship fund to support these people ahead of the promised compensation scheme, which will clearly not be up and running for months.

The home secretary is dragging his feet and has failed to even confirm when the compensation scheme will finally be set up.

This is totally unacceptable.

If the home secretary is to keep his promise to put this crisis right then he needs to act now.

In May, Mr Javid launched a month-long call for evidence as the first step to establishing a compensation scheme for those who have suffered financial loss because of difficulties proving their immigration status.

But last week Ms Nokes told MPs We have not decided any details of the scheme.

Ms Abbott has now highlighted several stories of hardship involving people from the Windrush generation

Also calling on Mr Javid to launch a hardship fund is the Home Affairs Select Committee of MPs, which says citizens have suffered financially because of difficulties proving their immigration status.

Some of the Windrush generation are facing destitution, said the committee’s chair, former Labour Cabinet minister Yvette Cooper.

People are having to settle legal bills, or are facing bailiffs due to debts run up when they were forced to give up work or had their social security payments stopped through no fault of their own.

The government must step in to help people immediately.

News Source SkyNews

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