Further to the below email, I'd like to update you on developments regarding this issue, beginning by reiterating how very sorry I am for the real anxiety and confusion that recent events have caused.
I think that officials have handled this matter, particularly in relation to its treatment of these entirely blameless and hardworking citizens, in an utterly shameful manner and I’m very pleased that Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid and the Prime Minister have expressed their profound regret and unreserved apologies for these developments on a number of occasions now. The Government has now taken a number of steps, including the establishment of a dedicated team within the Home Office to support anyone affected by this, the waiver of citizenship fees and language tests, and a promise of compensation for those affected.
I’m also delighted by the promotion of Sajid Javid to Home Secretary. You’ll be aware that Sajid has been very critical of the Home Office over the Windrush issue and brings to his new role his own experiences of emigrating to the UK from Pakistan as a child in the 1960s or 70s. I’m reassured that his promotion is a sign that the Government is aware of the need to tackle this problem urgently and sensitively. I’m also confident that he’s the right man for this job and I look forward to supporting him in his efforts to make sure that the Home Office works as fairly and effectively as possible. I thought that you might be interested to read the attached letter that I’ve received from Sajid in his new capacity.
With best wishes.
Thank you very much for your email regarding the ‘Windrush Generation’.
I’m hugely sympathetic to their situation and have already made representations to the relevant ministers on their behalf.
I hope that you’ll also be reassured to read the attached letter that I recently received from the Home Secretary setting out the actions that the Government is taking to support the people affected. This follows on from the statements that she made to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, during which she apologised for the confusion and anxiety that has been caused. You can read the Home Secretary’s remarks at the following links:
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.
With best wishes.
|Amber Rudd MP - The 'Windrush' Generation - April 2018.pdf||130.97 KB|
|Sajid Javid MP - The 'Windrush' Generation - May 2018.pdf||105.65 KB|