Ruth Cadbury questions the Prime Minister on Windrush victims
11 November, 2020 / by Matt Smith
The MP for Brentford & Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury had an opportunity to put a question to Boris Johnson today (Wednesday 11 November) during Prime Minister’s Questions. She used it to highlight the lack of action over compensation for those who fell victim to the Windrush scandal.
Calling on the the Government to to take urgent action over delays in the Windrush compensation scheme, she highlighted Home Office figures which show that nine Windrush victims of the ‘hostile environment’ policy have died while waiting to be compensated and only 12% of victims have received compensation.
She also called on the Prime Minister to take action to ensure that those currently living and working in the UK did not face a similar injustice like the Windrush victims.
Ruth tweeted a video of her exchange with the Prime Minister below:
It's been two and a half years since the Windrush Taskforce was set up.
Yet only 12% of Windrush victims have received compensation.
9 people have died while waiting.
— Ruth Cadbury MP (@RuthCadbury) November 11, 2020
Speaking after PMQs, Ruth said:
‘It’s simply unacceptable that only 12% of Windrush victims have received compensation, two and a half years since the Government set up the Windrush Task Force.
‘These people were unfairly and unlawfully targeted by the Government and put through life-changing agony, with many losing the right to work, rent a home, receive benefits or even live in the UK despite, being here for decades. Nine people have died without receiving compensation.
‘I know from supporting constituents who were victims of this injustice that it had a huge impact on them and their families. That’s why the Government need to be doing much more to end these delays in payments to ensure that all the victims receive the compensation they are due.
‘On top of that the Prime Minister needs to end the hostile environment in the Home Office which I believe is alive and well. Constituents currently living and working in the UK are contacting me about their experiences of harassment and injustice which are as bad as those of the Windrush victims.’
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