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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Special meeting announced for Nottingham residents affected by Windrush

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Nottingham residents who have been affected by the Windrush scandal will be able to get advice and support at a special meeting tomorrow.

Free immigration advice and pastoral support is being laid on for those who think their immigration status may be affected by the revelations.

Over the last few weeks it has been revealed that some people who came to Britain legally from the Commonwealth in the 1950s and 60s have been wrongly deported.

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Councillor Leslie Ayoola, who represents the Mapperley ward for Labour at the city council, has helped to promote the event, which is being held at the Pilgrim Church, in the Meadows.

He said: “I’m from the same community that has been affected, my father is Nigerian and my mother is from Jamaica, and obviously this impacts our community immensely.

“It’s terrible what has happened. It shouldn’t have happened and we need to put the right support in place.

“I think the Government has been acting, but whether they have been acting fast enough I don’t know.

“I do know that it hasn’t been handled well, and there has been mistake after mistake, so that’s why this event will be giving the support to the people who need it.

“From my understanding there has been a lot of demand. I’ve had one resident (In Mapperley) that’s been caught up in it.

“I think some people don’t realise that it’s an issue until they are visiting relatives abroad or they try to go on holiday, and that can bring up the situation.”

The event will be held between 3pm and 6pm at the Pilgrim Church, in Queen’s Walk, on Wednesday, May 2.