Windrush Compensation Support Surgeries
In August 2019, United Legal Access started holding Windrush Compensation Support Surgeries at the Pilgrim Centre in The Meadows, Nottingham.
This came about after being approached by a minister of the local church in the area and being asked to provide legal support to those that the church had come into contact with; people who had been affected by the ‘Windrush Scandal’ and wanted to make applications for compensation to the Windrush Compensation Scheme, for loss suffered due to not being able to demonstrate their lawful right to stay in the UK.
This resulted in people not being allowed to access public services, gain or continue in employment, access housing or remain living in their homes, as a result of the Home Office’s hostile environment policy.
As United Legal Access had attended a number of Windrush Roadshows held by the Home Office in Nottingham in 2018 and early 2019 and were planning to provide support in this area, we partnered with the Nottinghamshire Windrush Support Forum to provide legal support and assistance to victims of the Windrush Scandal.
Due to the success of the surgeries in Nottingham, we recently started Windrush legal support surgeries at the Barbados High Commission in London and because of its successful turn out, we are holding more free surgeries in London and starting our work in Birmingham to reach out to more people.
Since beginning our work around the Windrush Compensation Scheme, thirty-three have accessed the surgeries and twelve people have successfully completed applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme after getting settled status; a further twenty-two people are either waiting on the Home Office’s Windrush Task Force to deliver their settled status or are being supported by United Legal Access to compile more information together to complete their application for compensation
We have supported people who, by themselves, would not have been able to complete the application form and gather the necessary information to support their claim. There is still so much to do and many more people to reach and through our information sessions and clinics in the community, we will reach those who need help and support them through this journey to receive justice for the injustices suffered.
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