By Ben Kerrigan-
Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed the plan after facing pressure over the treatment of the Windrush generation.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed the surprise plan in the wake of heavy criticism from the press and the public over the treatment of the Windrush generation
All members of the Windrush generation and their children are to be offered full British citizenship without delay, it was being announced today. Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Rudd announced that their children will have the same right — and the usual fees for applications which run to more than £1,200 will be waived. Rudd also announced that the generous compensation package will also be extended to those who suffered the ordeal of being prevented from returning to the UK/ Even those who suffered the threat of deportation or by being denied rights such as free NHS healthcare.
Those who came to Britain from Commonwealth countries from the late 1940s to the 1970s will be fast-tracked under the arrangements, and they will be entitled to a UK passport.
Windrush generation families faced with the impossible task of proving that they had lived in the UK for decades. They were also required to provide four documents proving residence for every year in the UK. This requirement was dubbed “impossible” for many long-term residents who had not stored documents.
The details of the package are yet to be spelt out, including the manner of the eligibility criteria, but the news is welcome and will go a fair way to easing the huge pressure that was facing both Theresa May and Home Secretary, Amber Rudd over the phenomenal blunder.
Theresa May was recently accused by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn of presiding over an institutional racist organization when she was Home Secretary, However, the announcement of compensation and amends is a progressive step to be appreciated.