Windrush: Amber Rudd vows speedy compensation for hardship

Windrush: Amber Rudd vows speedy compensation for hardship

Rudd emphasised her commitment to tackling illegal immigration but conceded that successive governments bore responsibility for the policies that had an "unintended and sometimes devastating" impact on people.

In a statement to MPs following days of damaging headlines and condemnation of the government 's treatment of Windrush families, Rudd also promised a speedy compensation process for those who had suffered hardship as a result of the immigration process.

He went on to ask: "What more can the Home Secretary do not only to address the legitimate grievances of the Windrush generation, but to prevent this from being repeated with legal migration from elsewhere, be it the sub-continent or the European Union?"

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also said the scandal "was foreseeable and foreseen".

Many in the Windrush generation - who arrived from the Caribbean between the late 1940s and 1970s - have no record of their status and have found it challenged under recent laws that require them to provide proof of near-continuous residence.

Reports have emerged of people losing their jobs and homes, and being denied access to health care, benefits and pensions because they could not produce the correct paperwork required under immigration controls brought in by Theresa May as Home Secretary in 2014.

The home secretary was accused of ignoring repeated warnings about the effect the "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants was having on people with the right to be in the United Kingdom as she appeared before MPs yesterday.

"This should never have happened", the home secretary told members of parliament in an address.

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Ms Rudd also faced cries to resign and laughter on the opposition benches for hailing the Home Office as "a great department of state".

The fees and the documentation had been particularly hard to provide, she said, and she was "so happy" with this move - but still felt annoyed by the saga. We've lost money, I've lost money, I'm in arrears with certain bills.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants said the measures were "a welcome first step toward righting the historic wrongs done to the Windrush generation". "None of this can undo the pain already endured, but I hope it demonstrates the government's commitment to put these wrongs right going forward". She is behaving as if it is a shock to her that officials of implementing registrations - regulations in the way she intended.

While she welcomed the promise of compensation, she said there was a lack of detail and the sums should "reflect the damage to family life" suffered by families and not be "token".

Labour's David Lammy, a leading campaigner for justice for Windrush families, said they were being offered something which was already their right.

"They are from countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda".

A new customer contact centre will be set up to make sure that anyone struggling to navigate the many different immigration routes can speak to a person and get appropriate advice.

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