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Home Office payouts over the Windrush scandal due

Sajid Javid (Yui Mok/PA)
Sajid Javid (Yui Mok/PA)

By Flora Thompson

The Home Office is to start making payments as part of the Windrush scandal compensation scheme.

Thousands will share in a £200m compensation fund after facing difficulties demonstrating their immigration status, which is expected to generate up to 15,000 eligible claims.

In a written statement to Parliament, Sajid Javid said yesterday: "The Government deeply regrets what has happened to some members of the Windrush generation and when I became Home Secretary I made clear that responding to this was a priority.

"The compensation scheme has been open to receive claims since April 2019 and the Home Office is now in a position to start making payments.

"I am committed to providing members of the Windrush generation with assurance that they will be appropriately and promptly compensated where it is shown that they have been disadvantaged by historical Government policy."

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