Cross-party MPs have slammed the Home Office for “failing the Windrush generation again” as more than 82% of victims are still waiting to receive their full compensation payments.
The Public Accounts Committee insists people are waiting far too long to their claims to be processed, with some claimants dying whilst waiting.
When the compensation scheme were launched only six caseworkers were hired compared to the 125 it needed, the committee states in its report.
The lack of staff has now caused “fundamental problems” in the scheme’s design leaving these issues “coming home to roost”.
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Dame Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee welcomed the Home Office’s bid to learn lessons after failing the generation but added “the Windrush compensation scheme is beset with the very same issues that led to the initial terrible mistakes”.
She said: “Lifetimes in this country were discounted, people’s homes, families and livelihoods were interrupted and uprooted, some were forced from the country.
“Some were approaching the end of those lifetimes as this tragedy befell them.
“Some have died without ever seeing justice or receiving the compensation they deserve.”
The scandal erupted in 2018 when British citizens, mostly from the Caribbean, were wrongly detained, deported or threatened with deportation, despite having the right to live in Britain.
Many lost homes and jobs and were denied access to healthcare and benefits.
Victims were promised bigger, quicker payouts following complaints of difficulties in claiming compensation as part of an overhaul of the scheme in December.