Windrush Justice Fund

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/4075
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Decision ADD2320 approved expenditure of £20,000 to match-fund the independent Windrush Justice Fund. While the fund will be administered independently, there will be GLA representation on an advisory board. Will you ensure that organisations receiving funding make the guidelines for receiving support clear so that there is no repeat of the case of Willow Sims from Lewisham (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47119070)?

Answers

Answer for Windrush Justice Fund
Windrush Justice Fund

Windrush Justice Fund

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A core purpose of the Windrush Justice Fund is to make sure that all those eligible for the Government’s Windrush scheme are able to access accurate information and advice. The Windrush Justice Fund will provide small grant funding to provide a range of legal advice, support and outreach services for the Windrush generation, other Commonwealth Citizens, and their descendants, as well as others who may be eligible for the Windrush scheme through their long-residency in the UK. While the fund will be administered independently, GLA officers will play an advisory and assurance role to ensure the funds are appropriately and effectively used. The GLA’s representation on the advisory board also means it will be involved in assessing grant applications and monitoring the outputs of successful projects.