The Council’s motion and commitments to the Windrush Generation
In August 2018, London Borough of Hackney was the first Council in the UK to pass a comprehensive motion regarding the Windrush generation. Hackney Council also celebrates Windrush Day every year on 22 June – the date the ship HMT Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks in 1948.
Our commitments are to:
- continue to actively campaign for an end to all ‘hostile environment’ policy measures and persist to call on the government to enable the Windrush generation to acquire British citizenship at no cost and with proactive assistance
- lead the way, by celebrating Windrush Day and welcome the government’s announcement to make 22 June an annual celebration to recognise and honour the contributions of the Windrush generation
- press the Prime Minister to respond to the independent public enquiry into the Windrush scandal
- demand the government fully supports advice agencies in their work to achieve justice for all Hackney residents of the Windrush generation
- review the Council’s own policies and procedures to ensure we support those affected
- support the call for fees for naturalisation to be waived for all those who have been affected
- oppose the criminalisation of Windrush families
Letters and correspondence
May 2018: Mayor Philip Glanville wrote an open letter to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid urging him to commit to undoing the ‘appalling’ hostile environment immigration policies.
October 2018: Hackney Council submitted a consultation response to the government’s proposed compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal.
December 2018: Mayor Philip Glanville wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May calling on her to “commit to an independent inquiry into the ongoing Windrush generation scandal”.
September 2019: Cllr Williams wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel urging the government to “scrap the inhumane “hostile environment policy” and “launch a formal independent inquiry”.
October 2019: The Home Office responded claiming they were ‘determined to right the wrongs suffered by the Windrush generation’.
February 2020: Mayor Philip Glanville and Cllr Williams wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel calling to take the Windrush compensation scheme bill further and fund a campaign to alert individuals of their right to claim.
February 2020: Mayor Philip Glanville and Cllr Williams wrote to Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee to re-open the Windrush Generation inquiry in light of the Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill.
March 2020: J Yates Customer, Performance and Improvement UK Visas and Immigration responded with details of the deportations to Jamaica in February 2020.
Information on Hackney’s annual Windrush Generation Festival
2020’s Windrush Generation festival was adapted to an online offering due to the restrictions of Covid-19. The festival launched 15 June on the new LoveHackney website and Hackney’s Black History Facebook page.
One of the highlights of the 2020 festival was the announcement of the Windrush Artwork commission. In partnership with Create, and with consultation from Mark Sealy from Autograph ABG and Mayor Philip Glanville, Hackney Council commissioned two permanent, public artworks to honour the Windrush generation based on three finalist submissions from artists with Windrush heritage. Public consultation for the project ended in February 2020.
Information and news stories on Hackney Council’s previous Windrush Generations Festivals is now available on the Archive page.
The Hackney Windrush Art Commission is supported by Art Fund with additional funding from the Henry Moore Foundation. The public programme is supported by the Freelands Foundation.