How to apply to the Windrush compensation scheme

Almost a year after it first broke, the Home Office has opened a compensation scheme for those affected by the Windrush scandal (the Scheme). It expects to pay out up to £310 million to victims.

In our post on Free Movement we provide a brief outline of how the Scheme works, who can claim and how.


The overview page on GOV.UK is a good place to start. It contains links to most of the information Windrush victims will need to make a claim. This includes the following key documents:

  • Scheme rules (pdf)
  • Guidance (pdf) for those making claims
  • Internal Home Office guidance (pdf) for Caseworkers
  • Claim forms (vary depending on type of claimant)

Further details are set out in our post on Free Movement.

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