The Windrush scandal has been one of the biggest political and cultural events for the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom. Many immigrants who arrived in England as children and British subjects found restrictions in services available and often times deportations back to the West Indies. The result of this saw the tearing apart of families and an outcry at the injustices in the system which would allow this to happen.

As soon as the news broke, DWICA was at the forefront of providing its cohort with vital information and advocating for a fairer process. The Centre played host to a number of national meetings on the topic in 2019. Alongside this, the organisation made many efforts to give those affected by the scandal the correct registration forms for complaints and compensation.

Thankfully, the scandal allowed the Home Office and the wider British society to have a reckoning of the nation’s treatment of sections of the Caribbean community. Since then, the government has enacted a number of reparations for those effected by the scandal. Two schemes are now in place aimed at helping those directly affected by the scandal:

  • The Windrush Scheme which aims to help people settled in the UK to access the documentation they need to confirm their status.
  • The Windrush Compensation Scheme for those who have suffer loss because they could not provide the documents to confirm their right to live in the UK.

The Windrush Scheme

It is free to apply to the Windrush Scheme.

You may be able to apply for a document to prove you can live and work in the UK if one of the following is true:

  • you are a Commonwealth citizen settled in the UK before 1973.
  • your parents came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973.
  • you came to the UK from any country before 31st December 1988 and are now settled.  

You might also be entitled to apply for citizenship for free if you’re a Commonwealth citizen who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, or you’re the child of someone who did.

The Windrush Compensation Scheme

You can apply if:

  • you are a Commonwealth citizen settled in the UK before 1973.
  • your parents or grandparents came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973.
  • you came to the UK from any country before 31st December 1988 and are now settled.  

You can also apply if you are:

  • the close family member of someone eligible to claim and you have had significant losses yourself.
  • representing the estate of someone who would have been eligible

Losses you can claim for

You might be able to get compensation for losses relating to:

  • employment
  • immigration fees
  • housing
  • health
  • education
  • driving licences
  • banking
  • daily life – for example, you missed major family events or could not travel
  • detention and removal

If you apply, the information you share will not be used for immigration enforcement.

How can we help?

The Derby West Indian Community Association is providing FREE information sessions and awareness events between October 2021 and March 2022. We can also walk you through the application process and point the way to additional support where needed.

For more Information Contact :

Adam Slater or Kenton Black

Derby West Indian Community Association

Tel: 01332 371529

Email: info@dwica.co.uk

Windrush Helpline

Alternatively you can approach The Windrush Helpline directly. They can:

  • help you make a claim
  • give extra support to those who need it – for example, elderly or vulnerable claimants
  • post a form to you

If you are outside the UK, email the helpline and request a call back.

Windrush Help Team (Freephone)

Telephone: +44 (0)800 678 1925
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Email:

WindrushCompensationScheme@homeoffice.gov.uk
commonwealthtaskforce@homeoffice.gov.uk

Website:

www.gov.uk/windrushhelpteam