Britain's relations with the people of the Caribbean did not begin with the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush to Tilbury Docks in 1948 - the boat that symbolises the post- World War II migration of people from former British colonies referred to as the Windrush Generation.
Although in 2018 the Prime Minister and Home Secretary were forced to apologise to the Windrush Generation due to the surfacing of testimonies and evidence depicting an environment of British immigration rules and public policies designed in the post-war period that have caused “Serious Harm” to many people within this cohort.
Therefore, the challenge of Burning Work has been to coordinate activities to develop a community centred understanding of the Serious Harm identified in reports such as the Windrush Lessons Learned Review. Through quarterly Workshops, Forums and a Pamphlet the Burning Work: Protocol analyses the effectiveness of government and local council remedial actions and makes policy recommendations to prevent further harm.
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has supported this work in recognition of the importance of the issue. The facts presented and the views expressed are, however, those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Trust. www.jrt.org.uk