The Home Office’s latest figures state just 60 people have received a total of £360,000 worth of compensation – from a pot that was initially expected to pay out between £200m and £570m. ( Log Out / Network Rail has 34,000 staff throughout the UK and is responsible for the rail infrastructure which includes engineering, maintenance of tracks and flagship stations like Kings Cross. Amelia Gentleman (The Guardian) interviews Windrush lawyer Jacqueline McKenzie, who says “The Home Office is treating people with contempt.” According to Gentleman, the lawyer representing 200 victims of the Windrush scandal says systemic racism is at the root of the problem. “I think the politicians believe that the majority of people in Britain are racist and don’t want migrants here, and so they all play to the gallery. “The two things are intertwined – the racism and the treatment of migrants.” If the Windrush generation had been “another group of people, a different race, they would probably have been treated better”. Jacqueline practiced as an immigration, criminal and civil liberties lawyer at Birnberg Peirce and Partners during which time she managed a large portfolio of asylum and immigration cases including in the areas of nationality, refugee and conducive deport law and managed a number of claims for unlawful detention. Sandra has wide-ranging experience in the public, charitable and commercial sectors, through academic research, leading executive development and non-executive roles, and holds current non-executive positions in TSB bank, the Social Science Research Council in the USA and the American University of Sharjah. “The terrible thing is the fact that they’re just sitting on these claims, not processing them fast enough, and then treating people to such grillings. McKenzie says she has no doubt that the Windrush scandal is the product of systemic racism within the Home Office, driven by the desire of successive governments to be seen to be controlling immigration. “The real issue is finding solutions that will eradicate the factors which cause inequalities, the key one being racism, and implementing quite focused and far-reaching plans of action. He is also the author of ‘London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001)’, a series of interlinked autobiographical essays and stories. I know a few of them in there haven’t got papers.” They are so familiar with her efforts to get them to apply for the paperwork that they wave in her direction, when she she walks past. Windrush scandal: cross-government group aims to tackle ‘terrible’ treatment, just 60 people have received a total of £360,000, died as he tried to resolve his citizenship issues, cross-government working group has been launched. Mike was formerly cross-cultural curator at the Tate and a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. They said that they weren’t going to do that.”. I’m also quite near to a nightclub where a lot of the older ones hang out. She is also uneasy at the prolonged periods people have to wait between submitting a claim and getting a response. For years before the scandal broke in 2018, she had been helping lots of Caribbean-born clients with citizenship claims and was dismayed that they were having to pay fees of more than £1,000 to regularise their status, when they had arrived in the UK legally as children. ( Log Out / Seamus Taylor CBE is a lecturer in Social Policy at Maynooth University, Ireland. For the past three months, Jacqueline McKenzie says her front room has been covered with Windrush compensation files. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. The lawyer representing 200 victims of the Windrush scandal says systemic racism is at the root of the problem, Last modified on Tue 23 Jun 2020 08.19 BST.
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