The Home Secretary has said that she will be accepting the Windrush Lessons Learned Review “in full”. The report by senior police inspector Wendy Williams, published in March 2020, contains 30 recommendations calling for root and branch reform at the Home Office.
Speaking to the House of Commons on 23 June, Priti Patel said:
The review was damning about the conduct of the Home Office and unequivocal about the “institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness towards the… race and the history of the Windrush generation”.
I was clear that when Wendy Williams published her lessons learned review, I would listen and act. I have heard what she has said, and I will be accepting the recommendations that she has made in full.
A Home Office press release adds that “the Home Secretary has agreed to respond in full by the end of September and has also committed to provide an update to Parliament before summer recess”. A Windrush cross-government working group has also been announced this week.
On redress for victims, Patel told MPs that more than 12,000 people have now been granted documentation and over £1 million worth of compensation offers made. But as of the end of March, only 35 payments with a value of £46,000 had actually gone through.
Martin Forde QC, who is advising on the compensation scheme, said “I am pleased that the rate of offers and payments under the scheme is increasing and I am certain that this will continue”.