Southward Law Centre ‘Windrush Justice Clinic’ General meeting with Patrick Vernon
“It was a pleasure to speak at the AGM. Legal representation and advocacy is critical to survivors and family members to access justice for better compensation, resolving citizenship status and stopping people being deported unfairly.” – Patrick Vernon OBE
“The Windrush scandal is ongoing and people are still suffering. The government have reneged on their commitments and are employing various devices to ensure people don’t get their citizenship and their compensation. They need access to legal advice and representation.”
About Windrush Justice Clinic
Only around 20% of people who might be able to claim compensation have done so. Much of this reluctance is because of a lack of trust in the Home Office.
Over three years ago, the UK government finally accepted that it had wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights to Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, Africa, and Southern Asia in what is now known as the ‘Windrush Scandal’ The government established The Windrush Compensation Scheme to provide victims of the scandal with compensation for their suffering.
Thousands of people have been affected by this scandal, but many are reluctant (and often frightened) to ask for help. Only an estimated 20% of people who may be eligible for help have come forward, mainly because of mistrust of the Home Office.
Southwark Law Centre has a new project to help Windrush victims.