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Cllr Williams to lead Hackney council’s response to Windrush

PICTURED: Cllr Carole Williams (Photo credit: Gary Machine)

CLLR CAROLE Williams, Hackney Council's cabinet member for employment, skills and human resources, has been named the lead member for the Council’s response to the Windrush scandal.

Last August, Cllr Williams tabled a council motion calling for more support for victims of the Windrush scandal, an independent inquiry and an end to ‘Hostile Environment’ policies - the first comprehensive Windrush motion in the country - and in October she led on the Council’s submission to the compensation scheme consultation.

Of her appointment, Cllr Williams said: "This additional Cabinet duty, allocated in the week before the second national Windrush Day, formalises the work that I have been doing since last summer to deliver on the actions arising from the Windrush motion, and a recognition of the importance of this strand of work on our equalities and integrated communities programme.

“It demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to campaign to bring an end to the Government’s hostile environment policies, to celebrate the historical contribution of migrant communities, and makes Hackney Council the first in the country to formally include Windrush in cabinet portfolio.

“I plan to use the next twelve months to continue to raise awareness of the compensation scheme to increase the number of Hackney residents who might otherwise miss out, to ensure that the council puts procedures in place to protect residents at risk and who may have lost their homes or their jobs and, to ensure we build on the success of this year’s extensive Windrush programme."

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