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Home Office ‘failed to act over Windrush’

Protests: A banner used in a march in London in May PICTURE: REX

THE Home Office failed to act on repeated warning signs of Windrush failings and has yet to establish the full scale of the scandal, a report has found.

The department was aware of ‘credible information’ about possible issues as long as four years ago, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Some of its processes contributed to the risk of wrongful detentions and removals, the spending watchdog added.

Head of the NAO Sir Amyas Morse said: ‘The treatment of people who had a legitimate right to remain in the UK raises grave questions about how the Home Office discharged its duty of care.

‘It failed to protect their rights to live, work and access services in the UK, and many have suffered distress and material loss as a result. This was both predictable and forewarned.’ He added the Home Office had shown a ‘surprising lack of urgency to identify other groups that may have been affected’.

Ministers faced a backlash this year over the treatment of some Caribbean migrants who had arrived before 1973.