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Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, has given various interviews about the “Windrush generation” today, including to the Daily Politics and to the World at One. Here are the main points.
I am conscious that there are issues around the cost of applying for no time limit applications and I think it is important that we work together going forward to find ways to make this easier …
I think it is important that we look at a range of measures that remove the deterrence from people for making contact with us.
What I would say is I want to send a message to the West Indian community. We invited you here. We wanted you to come to the UK and help us rebuild after the second world war. We absolutely have a duty to make sure that those who have not had their status regularised – and there may well be many of them – have the opportunity now. Come and get in contact with the Home Office.
I think I have been very clear how sorry I am about this whole situation. These are people who we have welcomed to our country, who we relied upon after the second world war to help rebuild. So of course I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all of the individual, heart-breaking cases. And we have to do better.
I’m very conscious that we have made some mistakes, which we cannot continue to make and I’m determined that we won’t. Because these people have contributed an enormous amount. And just because they don’t have a passport, or can’t prove how long they’ve been here, we should be treating them with sensitivity and sympathy, and not detaining them.
We just want people to give us what records they have, work with us, so we can work with the DVLA, with DWP, HMRC, to build up a picture of their time here, so that we aren’t asking for this onerous burden of proof.
This is from the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg.
BBC understands Amber Rudd to announce a new team in Home Office being set up pronto to make sure no one affected by Windrush will lose services or entitlements, and usual fees will be waived if they have to apply for new documents-details being finalised, she’s up at 2.30