If you suffered because you couldn’t prove your legal right to live in the UK, you could be eligible for compensation.

The Windrush Compensation Scheme is available to people of all ages and nationalities including those from African, Asian and Caribbean backgrounds.

If you’ve suffered – whether in a big or small way – because you couldn’t prove your legal right to live in the UK, you could be eligible for compensation. 

The Windrush Help Team can help you claim compensation and also help you get the documents you need to prove your right to be in the UK. 

We have recently become aware of information being circulated within communities that gives incorrect advice about who can apply to the Windrush Compensation Scheme. Please check the eligibility criteria below for full details.

How to apply

Call the Windrush Help Team for free.

Telephone: 0800 678 1925
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Or access the application form below. If you need help filling in the application form the Windrush Help Team can put you in touch with a free independent adviser at We Are Digital, or call them directly on 0808 196 8496.

What you can claim compensation for

You may be able to claim compensation if you suffered losses such as:

  • losing your job
  • being denied access to services such as housing, benefits or free healthcare
  • experiencing problems travelling
  • being wrongly detained or deported

You can also claim for non-financial impacts such as anxiety and distress.

Who can apply

You may be able to apply for compensation if: 

  • you settled lawfully in the UK before the end of 1988 or 
  • you or your parents are from a Commonwealth country and settled lawfully in the UK before 1973 

Some children, grandchildren, close family members and relatives of people who have died may also be able to claim.

How much you may get

Compensation starts at a minimum of £10,000 and can go up to £100,000 or more. There is no limit on the total amount, and no end date for the scheme.  

Get help to apply

The Windrush Help Team will help you through the application process and aim to make a decision as quickly as possible.

Applying does not affect immigration status

All Windrush cases are dealt with sensitively by the Windrush Team. If you apply, it will not affect the immigration status of you or your family.

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