How to apply for Windrush Compensation
Information and support for those affected by the Windrush scandal
The Windrush generation refers to people who, between 1948 to 1971, were invited by successive governments to relocate to Britain from their homes in Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean to address labour shortages.
New laws which came into force with the 2014 Immigration Act, which the Government called its ‘hostile environment’ approach, led to some facing immigration checks and despite being British citizens, many from the Windrush generation didn’t have formal papers to prove their lawful status. This led to many being denied access to benefits, healthcare, social housing and losing their jobs, with some even wrongly detained and deported.
About 8% of Hackney’s population is of Afro-Caribbean ethnic background and it’s believed the borough is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of the Windrush generation and Commonwealth countries across the globe.
In April 2018 the Home Office launched its compensation scheme for those who have ‘suffered a loss’ because they couldn’t easily demonstrate their right to live in the UK. The scheme is open to anyone from a Commonwealth country who arrived before 1 January 1973, and those with a ‘right of abode’ or ‘settled status’ who arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988, regardless of their original nationality. As well as those directly affected, it also covers other family members such as children and carers.
Compensation could be paid for losses related to:
- immigration fees
- driving licences
- impact on normal daily life (for example, you missed key family events or were unable to travel or have suffered mental health issues)
- detention and removal