In Parliament today I challenged the Government over the Windrush Compensation scheme.
In Home Office questions I asked: “How will the Government be compensating Windrush victims like my constituent who couldn’t work for 8 years because of his lack of status, losing his National Insurance contributions and his pension? And are Ministers making sure that in complicated cases like this, people get the advice they need to fill out the form so they are not victimised yet again?”
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said that the Government was making efforts to ensure the claims form was as ‘accessible and easily understood’ as possible, but accepted it was a complicated claims process.
The treatment of victims of the Windrush scandal by this government has been a national embarrassment, with far-reaching consequences in communities across the country including in Newport. Ministers need to get to grips with the ongoing problems with the Windrush compensation scheme which are still causing unnecessary worry and distress to longstanding members of our community who have worked hard and paid their way – they deserve better.