We aim to help people access their rights and receive the compensation they are entitled to
Only around 20% of people who might be able to claim compensation have done so.
Much of this reluctance is because of a lack of trust in the Home Office.
Over three years ago, the UK government finally accepted that it had wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights to Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, Africa, and Southern Asia in what is now known as the ‘Windrush Scandal’ The government established The Windrush Compensation Scheme to provide victims of the scandal with compensation for their suffering.
Thousands of people have been affected by this scandal, but many are reluctant (and often frightened) to ask for help. Only an estimated 20% of people who may be eligible for help have come forward, mainly because of mistrust of the Home Office.
Southwark Law Centre has a new project to help Windrush victims.
We can offer free independent legal advice so that they people can successfully apply for compensation which accurately reflects their loss and suffering.
If you would like to make a referral please complete a referral form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
People may be able to apply to the scheme if they arrived in the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973 or before 1988
They have experienced issues with the Home Office questioning their immigration status or they have ever been refused access to services like health care? People can claim on behalf of parents or grandparents, even if they have passed on.
Please click here to read the Preliminary Research Report by L. Lewis, H. Smith and A. Steiner
THE WINDRUSH COMPENSATION SCHEME: UNMET NEED FOR LEGAL ADVICE