Nick Thomas-Symonds has said that the the Black Lives Matter movement highlighted the need “not just to recognise” discrimination but to act, and slammed the government for “falling woefully short on that action”.
Responding to the Priti Patel’s update to parliament on the Windrush lessons learned review today, the Shadow Home Secretary set out concerns on the functioning of the government compensation scheme.
He highlighted that the Home Office only managed to compensate 60 people in the programme’s first year of operation, and called for the government to “get a grip” and be more proactive in supporting those affected.
The Shadow Home Secretary said: “The BLM movement highlighted the need not just to recognise the discrimination and racism that black people continue to face, but to demand action.
“Looking at the failure to act on so many previous reviews, the government is falling woefully short on that action. That’s why we will be holding them to account for delivering the vital changes outlined in this report and to act with the urgency that is required.”