Home Office to pay compensation to late Windrush victim’s family

Hubert Howard died November 12 without compensation or an apology

PICTURED: Hubert Howard (Photo credit: Maresha Howard Rose / GoFundMe)

THE HOME Office have said that they will pay the compensation of a Windrush victim who died last week.

Hubert Howard died on Tuesday (November 12), after a battle with illnesses including leukaemia and a long immigration battle that started more than a decade ago.

Howard, who was brought to London in 1960 and went to school in Hackney, was given a national insurance number and lived in a council property, Hackney Gazette reports.

He had two children and paid his taxes, but discovered problems with his papers when his employers asked him to prove his legal right to work in 2005.

He was then told by the Home Office that they had no record of him and he was sacked by his employer.

Hackney Downs ward Cllr Michael Desmond, worked on Howard’s case for more than a decade and he only just granted citizenship three weeks ago while in intensive care.

After his death, a GoFundMe page was launched to raise funds to pay for his funeral.

The page has raised over £1,400 and was launched by his daughter Maresha Howard Rose.

The Home Office told the Gazette that Hubert’s compensation will still be progressed and it would be “getting in touch with his family to whom it gave its condolences”.

Rose said: “My father sadly got seriously ill while waiting for his citizenship and compensation. Because of the situation, my father didn’t have funds to have a funeral and burial.”

Cllr Desmond added: “Hubert was a constituent of mine, he came to the UK from Jamaica in 1960 but due to government inertia and complacency, had not formally become a British citizen.

“I worked with him, writing to the Home Office – who showed no interest in resolving the situation – and eventually putting him in touch with Amelia Gentleman, a Guardian journalist, who forcefully exposed the Windrush scandal and caused sufficient embarrassment to the government to force a rethink and apology.

“Hubert lost his job because of the problem with his status, was badly affected by cuts to legal aid and suffered from diabetes and leukaemia – but at all times remained stoic, family and community-oriented and positive, despite all the setbacks.

“We have lost a warm, engaging man who was faced with a Kafkaesque nightmare which was a disgrace to the country and shamed our government.”

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