The Home Affairs Committee held its first session of its new inquiry into the Windrush Compensation Scheme on Wednesday 9 December.
The Windrush Compensation Scheme was established, alongside other mechanisms, to provide support and financial redress to individuals who have suffered losses due to being unable to prove they had a right to live in the UK. As at the end of October 2020, 1,641 applications had been received and £2,185,785.84 had been paid to 226 claims. The recording of the meeting and details of what the session covered can be found here.
The inquiry is examining the design and implementation of compensation processes and the support that is provided to individuals through the ‘Windrush Scheme: support in exceptional circumstances’ policy. It aims to understand whether these schemes are operating effectively for people who apply and whether changes are needed so that people who apply feel their applications have been considered fairly and swiftly. It would also like to know what the Home Office can do to provide better support to anyone who applies to the scheme.
Further details of the purpose of the inquiry can be found here.
You can submit evidence for the inquiry. The deadline for this is 12 noon on Wednesday 16 December 2020.
The inquiry is wanting comments on topics such as :
- Are the Windrush Compensation Scheme rules and the guidance for caseworkers working well?
- Do you, or does someone you know, have experience of interacting with the Home Office generally since the Windrush Compensation Scheme was established?
If so have you noticed a change in the way the Home Office has responded to you?
Details of the evidence they want to collate and how you can submit the evidence can be found here.