British Government To Give More Money To Windrush Victims

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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 will announce later 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.

The Windrush scandal mainly affected UK citizens originally from the Caribbean.

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They were granted indefinite leave to remain in 1971, but thousands were children who had travelled on their parents’ passports.

Because of this, many were unable to prove they had the right to live in the country when “hostile environment” immigration policies – demanding the showing of documentation – began in 2012, under then Home Secretary Theresa May.

The scandal broke in 2018, including the revelation that many of those affected had lost homes and jobs and had been denied access to healthcare and benefits.

The BBC’s Westminster Hour reported last month that at least nine people had died while awaiting payments under the compensation scheme set up for victims.

Headline photo caption: Jamaican immigrants welcomed by RAF officials at Tilbury Docks, Essex

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