There was an “overwhelming mistrust” that some Windrush victims would never be paid, Baroness Benjamin told the House of Lords.
The pair, also chairman of the Windrush Commemoration Committee and a former television host, called for an independent body to deal with the claims before more applicants died.
Baroness Williams responded that it was “misleading” to say that 5% of the claims had been satisfied, as around 29% of the claimants had received a payment.
The interior minister added that the government wanted them to receive “the maximum amount of compensation, not the minimum, to which they are entitled.”
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