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Windrush Compensation Scheme​

We Are Digital can help you with your claim.
How? We can help you complete your application, whether it’s online or not!
Why? Because we are working in partnership with the Home Office to help you at this difficult time.

To check your eligibility and to find out more, please contact us today:

You can contact the Home Office for more information, and they can also help to check if you’re eligible to claim. 

Call the Home Office Free Helpline

0800 678 1925

Please note: If you are outside the UK, you can call the helpline or send an email requesting a call back. You may be charged for making or receiving a call - check the exact cost with your phone network provider.

If you came to the UK before 31 December 1988 and faced difficulties because you could not demonstrate your lawful status in the UK, you may be entitled to compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme. Affected individuals will receive a minimum of £10,000 for ‘Impact on Life’, and the scheme also compensates for things like loss of access to employment or other services such as healthcare or benefits, immigration fees and time spent in detention.

 

This is where we come in! We Are Digital, we will help you fill out your application to ensure you have all the paperwork needed, ensuring no information will be missed, and everything is correct before your application is submitted.

 

Contact us today or get referred by the Home Office to us and we will help you do the rest!

 

 

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Who can apply?

You can apply if:

  • You came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973.
  • Your parents or grandparents came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973.
  • You came to the UK from any country before 31 December 1988 and are now settled here.

You can also apply if you are:

  • The close family member of someone eligible to claim and you have had significant losses yourself.
  • Representing the estate of someone who would have been eligible.

Losses you can claim for:

  • Immigration fees and legal costs
  • Detention/deportation/removal/return
  • Loss of access to employment
  • Loss of access to Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit
  • Loss of access to other benefits
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Health
  • Banking
  • Driving license
  • Homelessness
  • Discretionary
  • Impact on life

Eligibility:

  • You’ve had losses because you could not prove your right
    to stay in the UK.
  • You’ve had losses because you’re the partner, child, brother, sister or parent of someone who could not prove their right to stay in the UK.
  • You represent the estate of someone who had losses because they could not prove their right to stay in the UK.

For your claim to be successful you will need to provide evidence of loss against these categories. We will support you to provide as much evidence as possible, to maximise your potential claim.

To check your eligibility and to find out more, please contact the Home Office
Windrush help team today:

Call the Home Office Free Helpline

0800 678 1925

If you are referred by the Home Office, We Are Digital will contact you to start the claim process once we have had confirmed that you are eligible to claim​.

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  • You, your parents or grandparents arrived in the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • You came to the UK from any other country before 31st December 1988 and have settled here
  • You are representing the estate of someone who would have been eligible
  • You are the close family member of someone eligible to claim and have had significant losses yourself, including not being able to find work, find a place to live or being denied access to healthcare. Losses may also include detention or removal from the UK

What is 'Windrush and Who are the Windrush generation’?

The Windrush name comes from the ship named Empire Windrush, the ship responsible for bringing one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK. During this time, nearly half a million people moved to Britain from the Caribbean.

 

The term ‘Windrush generation’ applies to those who arrived in the UK from Caribbean and the Commonwealth countries between 1948 and 1973.

 

At the time, the Caribbean was part of the British Commonwealth, which automatically made those arriving British subjects who were free to permanently live and work in the UK.

Why is there a Windrush Compensation scheme?

The Home Office didn’t keep a record of those of the Windrush generation and destroyed Windrush landing cards in 2010. Despite living and working in the UK for many years, many Windrush arrivals were told they were there illegally because there was no official paperwork to support their residency. Those without documents were told they needed evidence to work, get NHS treatment, or to stay in the UK.

What is the Windrush Compensation Scheme?

In April 2019, the Government launched the Windrush Compensation Scheme for people who have been affected by this. In 2020 the Government increased the minimum compensation award under the ‘Impact on Life’ category to £10,000, and the maximum of £100,000 or higher in exceptional circumstances. This sum can be paid as an early preliminary payment when applicants, either applying on their own behalf or that of a deceased relative, can show any impact on their life under the terms of the scheme.

  • You, your parents or grandparents arrived in the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • You came to the UK from any other country before 31st December 1988 and have settled here
  • You are representing the estate of someone who would have been eligible
  • You are the close family member of someone eligible to claim and have had significant losses yourself, including not being able to find work, find a place to live or being denied access to healthcare. Losses may also include detention or removal from the UK

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