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 neighbourhood council for more than 25 times as a dinner dame, banquets on rotates driver, lollipop female and cleaner.
A spinal injury some years ago intended she had to give up her chore, leading her to apply for advantages for the first time. In 2015, she was told her disability payments had been suspended because she was an illegal immigrant.
O’Brien received a letter stating:” Home Office records indicate 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 tribe if you do not depart willingly. No farther dismissal will be given “.
If she decided to stay, the note advised,” 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 client is significant because it shows the Home Office’s therapy of longstanding Commonwealth-born UK tenants is not restricted to the Windrush generation, but is likely to extend to people from other Commonwealth countries.