Leicester Law School's Legal Advice Clinic Unveils New Windrush Compensation Project

The aims of the project are to raise awareness locally about the Windrush Compensation Scheme, and to help potential Claimants understand how to bring and evidence a claim under the scheme.
Leicester Law School's Legal Advice Clinic Unveils New Windrush Compensation Project

Windrush Compensation Project

Project volunteer students will conduct fact-finding interviews with potential candidates, and then liaise with United Legal Access whose trained advisers will complete the applications, also on a “pro bono” (free) basis.

The Windrush Compensation Scheme is aimed at the Windrush Generation (named after the Empire Windrush migrant ship), and their families. Before 1973, people coming to the UK from Commonwealth countries had an automatic right to settle here, and many did. Within the last 10 years, UK immigration regulations were tightened (creating a so-called “hostile environment”) and many of those who settled here before 1973 (and in some cases, up to 1988) have been required to prove their right to settle here. A large number couldn't, not least because the government had destroyed landing cards. This resulted in people being wrongly detained, losing jobs/homes, being denied benefits or medical care, being wrongly refused re-entry into the UK, or even wrongly deported.

The Compensation Scheme has been set up by the government to compensate people who have suffered losses because of being penalised for being unable to prove their entitlement to settle in the UK. Close family members are also eligible to claim for their own losses.

For more information, please contact the Legal Advice Clinic on lawadviceclinic@le.ac.uk

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