This is a companion to a piece which aired on the 6 and 10pm editions of the news on BBC1 yesterday, containing interviews of @Anthony24596 and @JacquiMckenzie6. (We're trying to figure out how to get a clip) [1/4]…
While much of this isn't new if you've followed this issue over the past few years, the fact that new (to the general audience) victims continue to be found with each successive broadcast package is distressing, and should serve as a warning for how deep this thing goes. [2/4]
As @JacquiMckenzie6 notes in the televised piece, under 2k claims have been received. That's of an expected range of victims where the low estimate [receipts still MIA] is 12k, the original estimate was 15k, and the true number is likely *much* higher. [3/4]
If @ukhomeoffice is underwater on the Compensation Scheme having recd a mere 2k claims (of which only 409 have been paid, and see thread 👇🏾 on delays), how does it expect to deal with the full force of the damage it has done? [4/4]

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6 May
Carl was born in Britain and held a British passport, which @ukhomeoffice confiscated for no apparent reason. Many journos have skirted reporting his story b/c it doesn't fit the expected Windrush narrative - but not @mrjamesob! Tune in today.

This is Carl's story.

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30 Apr
In a written reply to @Stuart_McDonald yesterday, @pritipatel made a number of startling revelations, documented here by @maybulman: [1/12]…
As ever, there's more than one calamity to unpack here, so we'll limit ourselves to preliminary payments.

These are £10k awards that were rolled out in December to much self-congratulation as to how well @ukhomeoffice was listening to victims, how much it had achieved. [2/12]
Here comes the other shoe: when these payments were announced, @ukhomeoffice said - no equivocation - "We will ensure that [those with] pending applications will be considered for either a preliminary or final payment in the first 3 months of 2021." [3/12]…
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18 Feb
In January, we wrote to @pritipatel on behalf of 31 claimants, several standing in for their deceased parents, calling for the Windrush Compensation Scheme to be taken away from the Home Office on account of its comprehensive failure: [1/35]…
It wasn’t just that the Scheme *wasn’t working*; claimants had begun to get the sense that @ukhomeoffice was deliberately setting them up to fail, and being deliberately dishonest in its promises as to reform and meaningful change. [2/35]
On 14 Dec, @ukhomeoffice had announced a package of reforms to the Scheme. These reforms were said to be the fruit of the sincere efforts of HO staff in listening to the complaints victims and stakeholders had been making for well over a year. [3/35]…
Read 35 tweets
17 Feb
We've been quiet for a while b/c there is a lot going on BTS; in particular, we've had an influx of enquiries from extant and new claimants who need legal assistance with their Windrush Compensation Scheme applications.

Precious little has changed. [1/4] #HOPayUp
We continue to refer claimants for legal assistance and do everything we can to support them through this utter shitshow, so get in touch if you or someone you know need(s) help with your/their application or appeal.

But that's not all. [2/4] #HOPayUp
Remember this open letter (h/t @maybulman)? Well, @pritipatel responded to us, late last month. [3/4]…
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3 Jan
THREAD: An open letter to @pritipatel
A group of claimants has written to the Home Sec today expressing no confidence in her or @ukhomeoffice to administer the Windrush Compensation Scheme or dismantle the hostile environment. [1/19]…
The full text of the letter is here. 👇🏾

Tl;dr thread: [2/19]…
In the 3 years since the Windrush Scandal broke, it has become clear that the constituency of victims is substantial. @ukhomeoffice has admitted to stakeholders that a further assessment exercise is required to get a handle on the number of claimants. [3/19]
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28 Nov 20
Yesterday, we got hold of this Deportation and Charter Flights Factsheet, dated Thursday. It concerns the planned removals of the #Jamaica50 scheduled for next Wednesday, 2 Dec. It’s not on the @ukhomeoffice website. [1/30]…
We contacted them to establish if it was legitimate. They said the doc “did come from the Home Office”, but “hasn’t been uploaded to yet”, and was “provided to a number of stakeholders” following requests for information on the planned deportations. [2/30]
It struck us as odd that a doc of clear public interest, setting out the HO’s position on a wildly controversial matter, and providing a few mildly exonerating tidbits at that, wouldn’t be made publicly available. (There are now 2 working days left to the deadline.) [3/30]
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