Home Office consultation outcome: Windrush compensation scheme

The Home Office have published their response to the consultation and impact assessment to the Windrush compensation scheme, in April 2019.

The response paper sets out the Government’s proposals on who is eligible to apply, what losses will be eligible for compensation and how the scheme will operate.

The paper finds:

  • The government proposes to accept claims from additional groups that have been impacted, including grandchildren of Windrush individuals, the estates of deceased individuals who would have been eligible, and close family members of an eligible person
  • The government proposes to retain the discretion to withhold or reduce an award if someone has a record of serious criminality
  • The government recognises that some claimants will need assistance in obtaining the evidence, so they intend to work with claimants, other government departments, public bodies and third parties, where possible.

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