The Windrush Compensation Scheme and the Windrush Community Fund
published on 17 December 2020

Information from the Cabinet Office

The Windrush Compensation Scheme

The Windrush Compensation Scheme has been reformed by the Home Secretary following feedback from Windrush victims and stakeholders so that those affected will now receive significantly more money, much more quickly.

The changes: 

- Individuals affected by Windrush will now receive a minimum of £10,000 compensation through the Impact on Life category once their claim has been approved. This is forty times the minimum award currently available.  

- This will be paid as a new early preliminary payment as soon as someone applying on their own behalf or on behalf of a deceased relative can show any impact on their life under the terms of the Scheme. They won’t have to wait for their whole application to be assessed.

In addition, the Home Secretary has significantly increased payments at all levels within the Impact on Life category with the maximum available rising from £10,000 to £100,000 for eligible cases, with an option to go higher in exceptional circumstances.

These higher level awards will be made once the whole application has been assessed.  More details of the changes can be found here:  

Windrush Community Fund

The Home Office has also opened the £500,000 Windrush Community Fund for bids. Community and grassroot organisations can bid for up to £25,000, in two separate phases, to make sure all people affected by Windrush are aware of the support available through the Windrush Compensation Scheme and Windrush Scheme. Details about the fund and how to apply can be found here: