Windrush compensation scheme will not bring back ‘stolen’ years

Windrush compensation scheme will not bring back ‘stolen’ years

Newly arrived Jamaican immigrants on board the 'Empire Windrush' in 1948.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Windrush Compensation Scheme was “welcomed” but will not bring back “the years that people have had stolen”, the CEO of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has said.  

Many of those affected were people from Caribbean countries who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971.

Satbir Singh added that people’s lives have been “on hold” due to the Windrush scandal.

He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I don’t think money will bring back the years that people have had stolen from them.

“It is definitely not going to bring back the people who have died as a result of this scandal.

“I want to make sure that people are not only compensated for their loss but also so they can restart their lives. People’s lives have been on hold for years.”

Mr Singh said that the government needs to “own” its responsibility for the treatment of the Windrush generation.

“There is a lot of talk about this happening to people – that people experienced something bad – but we are not talking about a delayed train,” he said.

“What I would like to see is the government owning this a lot more.”

He added: “The taxpayer is now going to have to pay millions to compensate people for the damage the government caused.”

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