In 2019, the Home Office set up the Windrush Compensation Scheme to ‘right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation’. It aims to provide monetary compensation for those affected by the Department’s actions. However, the scheme has received criticism for taking too long to make decisions.
The Department has changed the scheme twice since its introduction. In February 2020, it extended the scheme and made claims easier, then in December made significant changes to the amounts paid out to individuals for impact on life. This increased the minimum payment from £250 to £10,000 and paying an initial £10,000 payment as soon as an individual can demonstrate impact on life.
The investigation will examine how the Windrush Compensation Scheme is delivering against objectives. It will examine:
- The Department’s modelling for the number of claims and likely award amounts;
- The advice the Department sought and engagement activity it undertook to ensure that those eligible for compensation are both aware of the scheme and have the necessary support to apply;
- The progress of applications, including the number and status of applications, evidence requirements for completion of claims and timeliness of awards, and
- The Department’s progress in implementing the changes introduced in December 2020, including the number of decisions made on older cases and the number of uplift payments confirmed.