Improvements to the Windrush Compensation Scheme and the opening of The Windrush Community Fund have been announced
On 14 December 2020 the Home Secretary made an announcement about improvements to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
Also, the £500,000 Windrush Community Fund opened for applications on 14 Dec.
The Community Fund will support community and grassroots organisations to run outreach and promotional activity to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme. The Community Fund sub-group of the Cross-Government Working Group played a large role in designing the Fund and the Home Office has thanked them in particular for all of their support, guidance and work to design the Fund.
The Home Office will be working with Voice4Change England, who will be administering the Community Fund. The Windrush Community Fund leaflet sets out the details and the full information including the application form and guidance for applicants is available from www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-windrush-community-fund.
The Home Office currently funds Citizens Advice to provide expert and independent advice to those who request support applying for compensation. The Homes Office announced on 14th December that We Are Digital will provide this service from the first quarter of 2021. We Are Digital work with various partners including Citizens Advice. Their network of community-based centres also includes libraries, town halls, church groups, mosques, training providers and other community groups. Until We are Digital commence their service, Citizens Advice will continue to provide support.