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Free Legal Support For The Windrush Community Acorss The Liverpool City Region Aided By LJMU

Updated: Jul 11

LJMU Announces Free Legal Support For The Windrush Community

Free legal support for the Windrush community (Credit: Supplied/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
Free legal support for the Windrush community (Credit: Supplied/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

Windrush communities across the Liverpool City Region are to get new access to legal advice thanks to Liverpool John Moores University and the charitable grassroot organisation, Liverpool Advocates For Windrush.


LJMU’s School of Law runs one of the UK’s largest Legal Advice Centres, investing £2.6 Million in premises in Liverpool City Centre*, where individuals and businesses can access initial advice and guidance on family, disputes, commercial matters and much more.


The Centre is now offering specialist help to the Windrush generation and their descendants, many of whom have found their legal status in Britain in doubt.


Its’ campaigning partner group believes there are thousands of people across the Liverpool City Region who are entitled to justice and compensation.


The Windrush Generation are individuals who migrated to the UK from Commonwealth countries between 1948 and 1973** and take their name from the ship HMT Empire Windrush which brought the first immigrants.


Rachel Stalker, from LJMU’s School of Law, said: 'We’re offering free, transparent and professional support to the Windrush community in the north-west who need help in applying for compensation through the scheme the Government has set up, or assistance with applications that are already ongoing. In some cases, four or five generations of a single family can potentially be affected.'


She said the focus of guidance is on legal status, compensation claims, application processing for individuals in the UK and abroad, and trauma informed care.


On top of legal questions, Windrush communities have suffered psychologically, not least from the certainties of their statehood coming into question.


Liverpool Advocates for Windrush (LAFW) offers a range of counselling and support services and is working in collaboration with the Centre moving forwards.


A Spokesperson for LAFW, said: 'Windrush is a British scandal and needs to be rectified by British society. These people are still facing grave uncertainties because of historic pieces of immigration legislation enacted to affect minorities.'


Their Spokesperson added: 'It is despicable and needs to be repealed, with fairer laws ratified. We have seen how the British society support similar injustices, such as the post-office scandal and the bloods scandal. Why is the same support not being afforded to the Windrush Scandal?'


They said: 'We are humbled to aid those affected and call on the British society and Government, to right this historic injustice and end the discriminatory practices.'


*The LJMU building on Hardman Street, opened in 2022 and houses the Legal Advice Centre and the Business Advice Centre. Advice is conducted by law students under supervision. In limited cased, the public can be offered legal representation.


**However, anyone who arrived between 1973 and 31 December 1988 from the rest of the world, are also eligible to apply to the Compensation Schemes. The Home Office has recently updated the Scheme to include anyone who arrived after 1988, under the age of 18 years, to join family who has settled status.

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