Sunday 5 August 2018 / 10:10 AM Diane Abbott / Windrush

Windrush Non Disclosure Aagreements are totally unacceptable

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that the government has imposed non-disclosure agreements on Windrush citizens in return for compensation, said:

“The Windrush generation has been failed time and time again by this government. The Home Secretary promised to ‘do right’ by our fellow citizens from the Windrush generation yet it appears he has gone back on his word. The Home Office must not attempt to buy the silence of citizens who have been so shockingly wronged and had their rights so gravely infringed in return for compensation that they are entitled to.

It is totally unacceptable for the Home Office to impose non-disclosure agreements and gag those who have suffered at the hands of the hostile environment in order to cover up the true scale of the Windrush scandal. The Home Office must compensate all those who have suffered without further delay and without any form of non-disclosure agreement.  

“It is an insult that the Home Secretary has still failed to even confirm when the promised compensation scheme will be up and running after so many of our fellow citizens have been left destitute, in debt and jobless by the Government’s hostile environment.”

 

Notes to Editors

  • “Windrush victims ‘gagged’ with non-disclosure agreements in return for fast-track compensation”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/windrush-scandal-latest-sajid-javid-gagging-victims-compensation-hostile-environment-a8476441.html  

  • In July, the Home Secretary wrote to Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee: “As well as the ex-gratia scheme, the Home Office carefully considers claims for compensation that are included through a notice of possible legal action. Where we consider that the department has erred, we will seek to reduce any further distress for the claimant by making an offer of compensation, rather than continue through a lengthy legal challenge. I can confirm that Windrush generation cases are sometimes addressed through this route. For clarity there has been one individual who has received compensation and we have sought to make contact proactively with another. Whilst there is no requirement, settlement offers are sometimes accompanied by confidentiality clauses, depending on individual circumstances”.

https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/home-affairs/Correspondence-17-19/180713_Home_Secretary_Windrush_compensation.pdf

  • Labour has called on the government to introduce a hardship fund to support Windrush citizens until the Windrush compensation scheme is up and running

https://labour.org.uk/press/labour-calls-hardship-fund-support-windrush-citizens/