Update on the Windrush Compensation Scheme

Following the coming to light of the Home Offices' severe mishandling of the immigration statuses of a number of Windrush migrants and, it must be said, others, the Head of MP Engagement at UK Visas and Immigration recently offered the below information on the compensation scheme which is soon to be put in place.

In a bid to make sure that a scheme which properly addresses the distress caused by this most regrettable mistake is established, a 12 week consultation has been launched to gather the views and thoughts of all those affected. The consultation closes on 11 October and, to echo the words of the scheme's independent adviser, Martin Forde QC, 'I would urge as many people as possible from all backgrounds and interests to participate constructively in this consultation.'

Please read below for details on how to contribute to the consultation and how to get in touch with the Home Office about this issue. Additionally, find beneath this a message from Martin Forde QC and a Home Offices compensation scheme factsheet. 

Of course, should you think this useful to anyone you know, please do share it with them, and if you would like any more information or have a case you would like to raise with me, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Windrush Compensation Scheme

Good evening,

The Home Secretary is committed to do right by those who have made an invaluable contribution to this country. Alongside ensuring individuals have access to support to confirm their status, we want to put in place a compensation scheme as quickly and as carefully as possible, to put things right for the people who have suffered through no fault of their own.

To get the compensation scheme right we need to listen; and so today we have launched a 12-week consultation to ensure anyone who has been affected can have their say and help us shape the scheme.

The consultation covers three core elements: who should be eligible for compensation; what losses should be compensated for; and how the process should work. It will run until 11 October and is open to those who have suffered loss or difficulty as a result of not being able to prove their status in the UK as well as friends, family and representatives of those affected.

The final scheme will be announced as soon as possible after the end of the consultation. The process is being overseen by Martin Forde QC who is acting as an independent advisor on the shaping of the scheme.  I have attached a note from Martin, and a factsheet containing further information. 

People will be able to take part in the consultation online, via post or over the phone.

How to respond

  • Respond online here
  • Request a paper or email copy to be sent by completing the form here
  • For enquiries or to complete the document over the phone, call freephone on 0800 678 1925 

Sharon Chambers: Head of MP Engagement, UK Visas and Immigration, Home Office


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Windrush Compensation Scheme Factsheet.pdf 201.98 KB