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UK’s Windrush compensati­on delay ‘truly shameful’


UK Home Secretary Priti Patel should be stripped of responsibi­lity for a compensati­on plan for Caribbean migrants affected by the Windrush scandal, MPs said.

A cross-party group of MPs said her department’s treatment of those affected was “truly shameful”.

Thousands of people who migrated to Britain legally from the Caribbean from 1948 to 1971 were denied health care and the right to work owing to a lack of paperwork. Some were threatened with deportatio­n.

After the scandal broke in April 2018, a compensati­on programme was launched, but politician­s said many people affected had “yet to receive a penny”.

In a report, the Commons Home Affairs Committee outlined the “litany of flaws” blighting the initiative and said the blunders were a result of Home Office policies.

Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the committee, told BBC Breakfast it was “simply wrong” that only 5 per cent of eligible applicants had received compensati­on four years after the programme was set up.

She emphasised its urgency, referring to the victims as “an ageing generation who were so badly wronged by Home Office failures”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Cooper said Home Office officials had been “repeatedly asking for documentat­ion that doesn’t exist, for paper that no one could be expected to have”.

She said applicants had been asked to show “impossible documentat­ion” such as payslips for jobs that they were turned down for because they could not prove they were British.

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