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Windrush fury over compensation delay

'It’s like they don’t really care and they want us to disappear like dust in the wind'

25 June, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

A VICTIM of the Windrush scandal delivered a petition to Downing Street calling for a speedier response from the government with its compensation schemes.

Michael Braithwaite, 68, handed in 130,000 signatures on Friday.

The petition also called for the government to implement all recommenda­tions in the Windrush Lessons Learned review.

The father of three lost his job at Gospel Oak Primary School in 2016 after being asked to produce a biometric card for working migrants. He had come to the UK with his family from Barbados in 1961 when he was nine years old.

Mr Braithwaite said: “It baffles me that they [the government] can’t come to a proper solution. It’s not complicated, it’s quite simple. These are people who came with good intentions and this country is built on our labour, our sweat.”

“I hope they recognise the wrong in the way people have been treated. It’s like they don’t really care and they want us to disappear like dust in the wind.”

He delivered the petition alongside others caught up in the Windrush scandal including Paulette Wilson, Glenda Caesar, Elwaldo Romeo and Anthony Bryan whose story was told in the BBC drama Sitting in Limbo.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The home secretary has been clear that the mistreatment of the Windrush generation by successive governments was completely unacceptable and she will right those wrongs.”

Compensation scheme claimants should call the free Windrush helpline on 0800 678 1925 for assistance.


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