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Windrush compensation: urgent call to Caribbean community

COMPENSATION: Campaigners want the consultation to reflect the community's interests and help those in need

AN URGENT appeal has been made to families and individuals affected by the recent Windrush scandal to come forward to help shape a new compensation scheme.

A formal public consultation for the scheme was launched in July this year with hundreds of people coming forward.

But with the public consultation due to end on October 11 Home Office officials say they want many more Windrush families to share their experiences and ideas in a bid to redress the difficulties they have faced proving their British citizenship following the introduction of tighter immigration laws.

As a result of recent ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies, Windrush Generation members faced being denied services, losing their jobs and even facing deportation despite living in Britain for many decades and paying taxes and insurance.

Arthur Torrington, director of the Windrush Foundation, told The Voice: “I urge everyone of Caribbean heritage to participate and add your own voice to the consultation. It's important that the Home Office hears from you. This will reflect the community's interest and our determination to assist those who need our support.”

Martin Forde QC, independent adviser on the design of the Windrush compensation scheme said: “I would urge as many people as possible from all backgrounds and interests to participate constructively in this consultation.

“The more detailed and considered the consultation responses the better the chances of designing a fair and comprehensive scheme.”

Caroline Nokes, immigration minister, told The Voice: “The Home Secretary and I have been clear that we want to right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush Generation and the compensation scheme is a key element of this. We want to hear from the widest possible range of voices, including those affected and their families, community groups and specialist legal representatives.

“That is why we have launched the consultation – and we encourage anyone who has been affected to have their say on how it should work.”

You can take part in the public consultation by visiting windrush, by calling 0800 678 1925 or by completing the form at gov/uk/windrush. The return address for forms is: Freepost Windrush Compensation Consultation. An event explaining how you can get involved is launching in Brent, north London.

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