Suella Braverman Abandons Post-Windrush Reform Plans

Suella Braverman Abandons Post-Windrush Reform Plans

January 11, 2023

As the Windrush generation prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of their arrival to Britain, it has been reported that UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman plans to ditch some reforms that were promised in light of the Windrush scandal. Instead, the government is enforcing a regressive new rule that will speed up the removal and detention of migrants.

There had been a list of pledges and commitments made in order to provide some form of compensation to the victims of the scandal, but the Home Office has since backtracked on these promises. They were on the road to creating a role of a 'migrants' commissioner', who would have been responsible for recognising issues within the immigration system but that has now been scrapped, along with the promise of increasing the powers of the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration (ICIBI).

To make matters worse, a reconciliation event with members of the Windrush generation where Braverman and her office were due to be in attendance will no longer take place. Instead of attempting to correct the injustice, the entire post-Windrush reform programme has been ditched by the Home Secretary.

There's been an outpour of condemnation on social media with people like Ian Wright labelling this news as "evil and heartless". Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: "The Windrush scandal destroyed countless lives and wasted millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.

"Yet these disturbing reports are another sign the Conservatives are determined to repeat their mistakes. Repeated apologies from Conservative ministers clearly meant nothing if they won't scrap the hostile environment that caused the Windrush scandal in the first place."

Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street