Margaret OBriens treatment by Main office intimates scandal goes beyond Windrush generation
Margaret O’Brien, 69, moved from Canada to Wolverhampton in 1971, is married, had three children and worked for the local parliament for more than 25 times as a dinner lady, snacks on pedals driver, lollipop lady and cleaner.
A spinal harm a few years ago intended she had to give up her activity, contributing her to apply for interests for the first time. In 2015, she was told her disability remittances had been suspended because she was an illegal immigrant.
O’Brien received a letter stating:” Home Office records should be noted that you do not have permission to be in the UK. You should make arrangements to leave without delay .”
The letter informed her” of our intention to remove you from the UK to your own country of nationality if you do not depart willingly. No farther observe will be given “.
If she decided to stay, the letter alerted,” life in the UK will become increasingly difficult “; O’Brien was liable to be arrested, prosecuted and face a possible six-month prison sentence.
Her case is significant because it shown in the Home Office’s medication of longstanding Commonwealth-born UK tenants is not restricted to the Windrush generation, but is likely to extend to parties from other Commonwealth countries.