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Written Question
Windrush Generation: State Retirement Pensions
25 Nov 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter to the Home Affairs Committee dated 16 February 2021, what progress has been made on making arrangements to ensure that those affected by the Windrush Scandal receive the correct amount of State Pension.

Answered by Priti Patel

Work remains ongoing to put in place arrangements to ensure that where individuals have been denied access to employment, their National Insurance position is corrected so their State Pension entitlement is not affected.

Information about these arrangements will be made available once they are finalised.


Written Question
Windrush Compensation Scheme
25 Nov 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 April 2020, what percentage of requests for an Urgent and Exceptional Payment submitted from 1 October 2018 up to 31 August 2021 were concluded within ten working days of receipt.

Answered by Priti Patel

In December 2018, the Home Office established an Urgent and Exceptional Payments process for those members of the Windrush generation who had an urgent and exceptional need in advance of the Windrush Compensation Scheme. The process remains open for those who need it.

191 requests were received from 1 October 2018 up to 31 August 2021. 10% of these requests were decided within 10 working days of receipt. We treat requests for urgent and exceptional support as a high priority and aim to advise applicants of the outcome of their request within 10 working days, and sooner wherever possible. In addition, we aim to make payments within 14 days of a request for support.

Unfortunately, however, it is not always possible to make a decision within 10 days of a request for support, as we need to work with individuals in order to understand the reasons for their request and gather relevant information. Our support in Urgent and Exceptional Circumstances policy was updated in February 2021, in order to make clear to applicants the information that they can provide in order to help us to consider a request as quickly as possible.

We recommend that individuals consider the guide before making a request to us, and if possible, locate any relevant documents ready to share with the Help Team.


Written Question
Windrush Compensation Scheme
25 Nov 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 179171, on Windrush Generation: Compensation, what was the average number of calendar days from the date a claim was received to a full and final payment date, as at 31 August 2021.

Answered by Priti Patel

The average number of calendar days from the date a claim was received to a full and final value or zero entitlement offer being made is 454, at 31 August 2021.

We continue to work at pace to process the claims we have received. All primary and deceased estate claims will have been considered for a preliminary payment of £10,000 within 6 weeks of eligibility being confirmed under the terms of the Scheme.

A preliminary payment is offered as soon as we receive the minimum level of information required to show that they will be entitled to compensation under the Scheme. Some individuals whose claims remain outstanding may also have received an urgent and exceptional payment. Such payments remain available for those who have an urgent and exceptional need that cannot wait for a payment to be made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.


Written Question
Windrush Compensation Scheme
25 Nov 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 29 April 2021 to Question 183169, on Windrush Generation: Compensation, what estimate she has made of the number of applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme that remain outstanding more than (a) two years, (b) 18 months and (c) 12 months after the applicants first submitted those applications.

Answered by Priti Patel

The number of cases being worked through the Windrush Compensation Scheme as of 30th September are 1709. Of these

  • 192 have been in the process for 12-18 months.
  • 196 have been in the process for between18 months and 24 months.
  • 24 have been in the process for over 24 months.

We continue to process the claims we receive as quickly as possible. Claims are taking longer to resolve than originally anticipated however there are 13 categories and each person’s experiences are different. We must ensure these are considered and understood carefully so we can offer people the maximum compensation to which they are entitled.

This holistic approach takes time but is ultimately beneficial to individuals. We are, however, committed to reducing the time between submission and decision significantly over the coming months.

Since April 2019, the Scheme has paid or offered £36.2 million. Of this, more than £30.6 million has been accepted and paid. Data on the number of claims received and the number of payments made is published as part of the regular transparency data release which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-compensation-scheme-data-september-2021


Written Question
Immigration: Windrush Generation
3 Nov 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Recommendation Three of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, how many events with the Windrush generation have taken place with a focus on reconciliation and in the presence of (a) trained facilitators and/or specialist services and (b) senior Home Office staff and ministers.

Answered by Priti Patel

Community grassroots engagement has been key to delivering our messages to the people we know we need to reach.

Since 2018, we have held approximately 200 community engagement and outreach events across the country. These community events include one-to-one surgeries to help people apply for documentation to the Windrush Scheme and public community engagement events to raise awareness of the Windrush Schemes.


Written Question
Windrush Compensation Scheme: Offenders
2 Nov 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter to the Home Affairs Committee of 16 February 2021, in how many instances a claimant to the Windrush Compensation Scheme has had their compensation award reduced or declined on the basis of previous criminality.

Answered by Priti Patel

Fewer than 10 claimants have had their compensation award for Impact on Life declined or reduced because of previous criminality.

All decisions to withhold or reduce compensation for Impact on Life due to previous criminality are signed off by Ministers.


Written Question
Domestic Abuse: Prosecutions
8 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23064 on Domestic Abuse: Prosecutions and with reference to Table 3 in that Answer, how many crimes there were that were flagged as domestic abuse where the prosecution time limit had expired in (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

I refer the Honourable Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford to the answer given in response to PQ 23064.


Written Question
Windrush Generation: Compensation
6 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in reference to correspondence from the Home Secretary to the Home Affairs Select Committee, dated 16 February 2021, on changes to the Windrush Compensation Scheme, how many awards of compensation have been (a) reduced or (b) declined because the claimant (i) failed to take reasonable steps to resolve their lawful status, (ii) otherwise failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate losses or impacts, (iii) took unreasonable steps that have resulted in increased losses, and (iv) wilfully defaulted or lack of co-operation in the period up to 31 May 2021.

Answered by Priti Patel

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Windrush Generation: Compensation
6 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her written evidence provided to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the Windrush Compensation Scheme, what the total number of (a) full payments and (b) interim payments was for each of the categories of claim under the Windrush Compensation Scheme in the period (a) up to 31 March 2021 and (b) 1 April to 31 May 2021.

Answered by Priti Patel

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Windrush Generation: Compensation
6 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offers of compensation have been (a) increased, (b) decreased and (c) upheld as a result of Tier 1 and Tier 2 reviews under the Windrush Compensation Scheme in the period up to 31 May 2021.

Answered by Priti Patel

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Windrush Generation: Compensation
6 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received support from the Windrush Compensation Scheme’s Vulnerable Persons Team during the period 1 February 2021 to 31 May 2021; and what form of support was provided.

Answered by Priti Patel

Details regarding how many people received support from the Windrush Compensation Scheme’s Vulnerable Persons Team, and the support provided; can be accessed at: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5386/documents/54029/default/. The data requested for the specific time period of 01 February 2021 to 31 May 2021 has not been published.

Information about the number of people supported by the Vulnerable Persons Team is due to be released as part our commitment to publishing transparency information.


Written Question
Windrush Generation: Compensation
6 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the update provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 28 April 2020, how many applications for urgent and exceptional payments have been (a) received, (b) approved and (c) declined during the period 1 February 2021 to 31 May 2021.

Answered by Priti Patel

Details regarding the amount of applications for urgent and exceptional support made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme; can be accessed at: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5386/documents/54029/default/. The data requested for the specific time period of 01 February 2021 to 31 May 2021 has not been published.

Information about exceptional payments is due to be released as part of transparency data.


Written Question
Domestic Abuse: Prosecutions
1 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of domestic abuse cases that have not been prosecuted as a result of the six-month time limit for common assault as a summary-only offence having elapsed in each year since 2015.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

The Home Office collects data on domestic abuse related offences, and on the outcomes on offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. Data is not available for all forces but the proportion of domestic abuse flagged offences that have the outcome OC17: Prosecution time limit expired is published for selected forces who provide data to HO.

2018/19 and 2019/20 - Domestic abuse and the criminal justice system – Appendix tables - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) , Table 3

2015/16 - 2017/18 - Domestic abuse in England and Wales - Appendix tables - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) , Table 19

We are aware that there is a concern that some victims of domestic abuse may be losing access to justice since by the time they come forward with allegations of assault, the time limit for prosecution of such cases is up. We are gathering data about such incidents and if analysis suggests that action is needed, we will seek to address it as appropriate.


Written Question
Domestic Abuse: Prosecutions
1 Jul 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic abuse cases have been prosecuted as common assault under Section 39 of Criminal Justice Act 1998 in each year since 2015; and what that figure is as a proportion of all domestic abuse cases in each year since 2015.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

Statistical information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database does not include the circumstances behind each case beyond the description provided in the statute – in this case common assault or battery. It is not possible separately to identify from this centrally held information how many people were convicted for common assault in a domestic abuse context. This detailed information may be held on court records but is not reported centrally to the Ministry of Justice. As such, the information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Passengers
10 Jun 2021

Questioner: Yvette Cooper (LAB - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data on the country of origin of inbound passengers testing positive for covid-19 up to 10 days after arrival in the UK by variant of concern in each week of the last three months.

Answered by Jo Churchill

Data is published fortnightly cycle on the number of positive COVID-19 cases for England arrivals, by country of origin. In order to ensure data confidentiality and to avoid individuals being identifiable, we have suppressed any counts less than three. Due to small sample sizes we are therefore unable to publish data from each country of origin, by specific variants of concern.