Windrush compensation scheme

“You may be able to claim compensation through the Windrush Compensation Scheme if you suffered a loss because you could not demonstrate your lawful right to live in the UK.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 21 April 2020)

“The scope of the Windrush Compensation Scheme is not limited to men and women who originally came to the UK from the Caribbean Commonwealth. Almost everyone originally from a Commonwealth country who arrived before 1 January 1973 is included.

If you have a right of abode or settled status (or are now a British citizen) and arrived to live in the UK before 31 December 1988 you will also be eligible to apply regardless of your nationality when you arrived – even if you are not a Commonwealth citizen.

As part of our operating processes the Windrush Helpline may contact individuals by telephone, email, or letter for a variety of reasons. We will only ask for identity documentation if you have applied under either the Windrush Scheme or the Windrush Compensation Scheme. If you have questions or concerns about an approach for information received please call our helpline who will be happy to advise.”

You may be eligible for the Windrush Scheme if you are:

  • a Commonwealth citizen who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 or has right of abode
  • a child of a Commonwealth citizen parent who settled before 1 January 1973, where you were born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18
  • a person of any nationality who settled in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is settled in the UK

You may be able to claim compensation for losses related to and limited to:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Health

If you are claiming for yourself, on behalf of a close family member, or you are representing someone’s estate, you must download the relevant application form here. Send your completed form, copies or scans of your identity document and supporting evidence to Please be advised that due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), if you post your claim, it may be delayed.

What happens next:

“After you submit your claim, we will contact you to confirm that we have received it.

If your claim is successful, we will contact you with a compensation offer.

We will consider each claim based on the information provided. Whether you receive a payment, and how much, will depend on the details of your claim.

You can read how the Adjudicator’s Office reviews Windrush Compensation decisions and complaints about the handling of a Windrush Compensation Scheme claim have been managed.”


Additionally, you can contact the Windrush contact centre on 0800 678 1925. Opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am-3pm

For more information on the Windrush compensation scheme, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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