After personal stories surfaced in the British news media, the government backed down and apologized.
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The government set up a grant of 500,000 pounds, about $640,000, last year to help towns and cities across the country organize street parties, exhibitions and talks for national Windrush Day.
The government also vowed to help Caribbean-born residents with a hardship fund of up to £200 million, but compensation has been dribbling out, according to The Guardian. Only 13 people had received a compensation as of early this month.
On Saturday, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, posted a video message posted on Twitter in which he called out the “disgraceful” treatment of the Windrush generation, saying it “will go down as one of the most shameful episodes in our history.”
Mr. Khan said many Londoners were still facing “unacceptable challenges” because of Mrs. May’s “hostile environment” policy.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, made his own video tribute. “This generation came to Britain to rebuild this country after the Second World War,” he said. “They should have never been treated like this.”
U.K. Tribute to ‘Windrush’ Generation Draws Criticism – The New York Times