British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad has revealed that more than half of the British government’s Windrush Generation cases registered under the compensation scheme are Jamaican.
“We know the 12,000 people who have registered for the compensation scheme; we know them by nationality. But what we do not know is, of those, how many would come within the scope of the compensation scheme. Many would have just made an enquiry in the hope that they might qualify, but find that they were not in the UK in the period concerned,” Ahmad told The Gleaner yesterday.
“And what I do know, overall, is that roughly 60 per cent of the Windrush cases – in terms of severity or just genuine enquiry – are from Jamaica. It is safe to say that Jamaica will be a very significant proportion of any payout. That is a given,” explained Ahmad.
Thousands of Jamaican Windrush victims are awaiting the verdict on their applications and should know in a matter of weeks if they qualify for compensation under the British Home Office Compensation Scheme, following the closure of the consultation period last November.