The Home Secretary has launched a Windrush compensation scheme call for evidence. Members of the Windrush generation are being asked to share their experiences to help shape a bespoke compensation scheme.

The month-long call for evidence is the first step to establishing the scheme for those who have suffered financial loss because of difficulties proving their immigration status. As part of this process the Home Office will be engaging with affected communities, enabling people to share their experiences with Home Office staff. People and community groups will also be able to submit written evidence. The call for evidence will run until 8 June. This will be followed by a full consultation on the detail of the scheme.

To ensure there is sufficient external assurance that the compensation scheme is effectively meeting the needs of those affected, the Home Secretary has committed to appointing an independent person to oversee the running of the scheme when it is in place. Martin Forde QC has now agreed to provide independent advice on the design of the scheme. He is himself the son of Windrush parents and brings a wealth of experience in public law.

Read more about the Windrush compensation scheme on the Government website here.