A REPORT into the Windrush scandal commissioned by the government has been submitted to the home secretary, Priti Patel, and is due to be published tomorrow.
The Windrush Lessons Learned Review, conducted by inspector of constabulary Wendy Williams, will be made public on Thursday (March 19), subject to parliamentary timings.
In a statement, Williams, who submitted the report today, said: “I now encourage the home secretary to publish the Windrush Lessons Learned Review report as soon as possible.”
Former home secretary Sajid Javid commissioned the review after the Windrush scandal, which saw thousands of British residents of Caribbean heritage wrongly classed as illegal immigrants, broke in April 2018.
The scandal saw some of those affected deported to Caribbean countries that they had not visited for decades since they left as children. Members of the Windrush generation caught up in the crisis also lost their jobs, benefits and were separated from their families. Some were even left destitute.
In addition to the impact the Home Office’s hostile environment has had on their physical health – some were denied necessary NHS treatment – victims’ mental wellbeing has also suffered.
It is expected that the report will heavily criticise the Home Office policy and culture which contributed to the creation of the scandal.
Last month it emerged that a draft conclusion of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review in which the Home Office was labelled “institutionally racist” had been removed.
Leaked documents also revealed that it recommended those who came to the UK as children should not be deported.
Campaigners and advocates of the Windrush generation, including MPs, have called for an end to deportations while the report was still unpublished.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are grateful to Wendy Williams for submitting her independent review to the home secretary.
“We expect to publish the report and its findings tomorrow, subject to parliamentary time.”