HACKNEY LABOUR Party has criticised the Government’s proposals on compensation for the Windrush generation. A spokesperson said: “Whilst welcome, the compensation scheme on its own is an inadequate response to the scale of suffering that the misapplication of ‘hostile environment’ policies has created.”
The Home Office should engage on a personal level with each claimant to try and understand the human impact of their policies, the Party says.
Phil Glanville, Hackney Mayor, said: “Therese May’s hostile environment against the Windrush generation, migrants and refugees, has to end.
“I totally support the petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/227821 – there has to be a fair and just compensation scheme for the Windrush Generation that is in line with compensation awarded by the courts in civil cases. There should be no artificial cap and no bureaucratic barriers in the process that will inadequately compensate those who have suffered emotionally, financially, lost their homes and citizenship.”
Other points made to the Government include a warning that there is a danger that the compensation scheme creates precisely the bureaucratic tick box style system which has been the essence of the problem for those trying to prove their ‘Britishness’ to no avail.
Cllr Carole Williams, added: “There should be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to how compensation claims are judged. The Home Office should engage on a personal level with each claimant to try and understand the human impact of their policies,”
“There should be no maximum compensation amount, no confidentiality agreements and no time limits or other restrictions placed on the scheme. It should be easy to engage with and understand and discourage the need to use claims management firms.”
Another point made was that past offending behaviour should not be a reason for being excluded from the scheme or being naturalised. The Government has deported British Citizens and it’s not been about their offending behaviour. No other British Citizen is deported if they break a law.
“It’s important we fight for our Hackney residents and their rights as British Citizens who have been affected by the Windrush discrimination, and we are expecting the Government to respect their needs and make sure that the situation is fully addressed,” said Hackney’s Deputy Mayor, Anntoinette Bramble.
Compensation should be tax free and reflect the individual circumstances of each claimant many of whom may be living abroad
The consultation on the design of a future Windrush compensation scheme was launched by the Home Secretary in July. If any group or person is interested in responding you only have until 11 October. It covers 3 core elements:
- who should be eligible for compensation
- what losses should be compensated for
- how the process should work.
Here is the full response by Hackney Council:
Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville called on the new Home Secretary in May 2018 to undo immigration policies which led to members of the borough’s ‘Windrush generation’ being refused access to public services and threatened with deportation.
Writing to Sajid Javid, who took over the Home Office last month and pledged to review the current system and ‘do the right thing’, Mayor Glanville said: “I write to you to express my deep personal concern, and the concern of thousands of Hackney residents, about the Government’s treatment of those who relocated from the Caribbean between 1948 to 1971, known as the Windrush generation.
“Hackney has a long cherished history of migration which has made it the special place it is today. About 8% of its population is of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity and, though the Council does not have precise figures, it’s believed the borough is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of the Windrush generation, and many more come from Commonwealth countries across the globe. They and their children have, and continue to, contribute a huge amount to Hackney, and are at the heart of the borough’s rich diversity and vibrant culture …”
In July 2018, a motion was passed at a meeting of Hackney’s Full Council which resolved to:
- continue actively campaigning for an end to all ‘hostile environment’ policy measures and to continue to call on the Government to enable the Windrush generation to acquire British citizenship at no cost and with proactive assistance throughout the process,
- lead the way, by celebrating an annual Windrush Day in Hackney and for Hackney to welcome the government’s announcement to make 22 June each year an annual celebration of recognise and honour the enormous contribution of those who arrived between 1948 and 1971
- press the Prime Minister to call for an independent public enquiry into the Windrush scandal,
- demand the Government fully supports advice agencies in their work to achieve justice (and compensation for all losses, injury and damages to date where necessary) for all Hackney residents of the Windrush generation,
- review our own policies and procedures to ensure we support those affected,
- support the call for fees for naturalisation to be waived for all those who have been affected, and
- oppose the criminalisation of Windrush families.