Windrush Scandal Victims Are Being Offered Free Legal Surgeries In Brixton

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Windrush Scandal Victims Are Being Offered Free Legal Surgeries In Brixton
The Tories' hostile environment policy is widely regarded as the reason for the Windrush scandal. Image: Shutterstock

Brixton's Black Cultural Archives is offering free legal surgeries for those affected by the Windrush scandal.

The 2018 scandal involved members of the Windrush generation being denied legals rights, losing access to medical care, jobs and homes — despite possessing full British citizenship.

In some cases, people were wrongly detained and even deported by the government, in a catastrophically careless — and callous — move, blamed on the hostile environment policy of Theresa May and the Tories.

Despite eventual admissions from the government that it had badly blundered, many Windrushers have been left with emotional and financial scarring. Some families still face homelessness.

A postcard of the Empire Windrush. © Andrea Levy.

The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is running free legal surgeries every Wednesday and Saturday from 22 January until the end of February, to help people access the government's Windrush Compensation Scheme.

The surgeries will be prologued with a public meeting for those affected by the Windrush scandal, on Saturday 18 January.

The surgeries are funded by the Windrush Justice Fund and The Funding Network, and free to attend.

The Windrush generation is so named, because of the ship HMS Windrush, on which many from the West Indies emigrated to the UK, under the 1948 Nationality Act. The Black Cultural Archives itself can be found in Windrush Square.

For more information, and to book onto a surgery, visit the Black Cultural Archive website

Last Updated 18 December 2019

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