The Government has agreed only three claims by families of deceased Windrush victims

Charles Hymas
Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday March 06 File photo dated 28/03/54 of the Empire Windrush ship, the Home Office has been accused of shirking its responsibility to put right the wrongs suffered by victims of the Windrush scandal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 6, 2019. Ministers have faced a furious backlash over the treatment of the Windrush Generation - named after a ship that brought migrants to Britain from the Caribbean in 1948. See PA story POLITICS Windrush. Photo credit should read: PA Wire - PA Wire/PA Wire
Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday March 06 File photo dated 28/03/54 of the Empire Windrush ship, the Home Office has been accused of shirking its responsibility to put right the wrongs suffered by victims of the Windrush scandal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 6, 2019. Ministers have faced a furious backlash over the treatment of the Windrush Generation - named after a ship that brought migrants to Britain from the Caribbean in 1948. See PA story POLITICS Windrush. Photo credit should read: PA Wire - PA Wire/PA Wire

The Government has settled only three of the 71 claims by families of dead victims of the Windrush scandal, according to Home Office data.

Around one in eight (12 per cent) of Windrush victims claiming compensation have received payouts, according to the official figures.

Of 1,587 claims made to the scheme by the end of September, £1,619,291.42 had been paid out to 196 people, around 12 per cent of those who had applied.

The data also showed 71 claims have been made for people who have already died, but only three have resulted in payments so far.

Some 124 claims have been subject to an appeal over the decision made, while 81 eligible applicants were told they were not entitled to any money because their claims did not demonstrate that they had been adversely affected by the scandal.

The fund has an estimated budget of at least £200 million.

Previously, Home Secretary Priti Patel described the scheme as "complicated" and said she wanted to see payments "sped up".

Earlier this year, Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson (see below) died, aged 64, just weeks after delivering a petition to Downing Street calling for action to address the failings that led to the scandal and demanding swift compensation for victims.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Paulette Wilson, 62, (moved to Britain in 1968 from Jamaica) poses for a photograph on College Green after members of the Windrush generation and their families attend a meeting with MPs at the House of Commons on May 1, 2018 in London, England. Residents from the Caribbean and African Commonwealth countries first arrived on the HMT Empire Windrush from June 1948 until the 1970s. Recently many from the Windrush Generation have been asked to leave the UK or denied healthcare as they have no official documentation. The British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, resigned over the matter when it transpired she had 'inadvertently misled' parliament on the Home Office's policy on enforced returns. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) - Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Paulette Wilson, 62, (moved to Britain in 1968 from Jamaica) poses for a photograph on College Green after members of the Windrush generation and their families attend a meeting with MPs at the House of Commons on May 1, 2018 in London, England. Residents from the Caribbean and African Commonwealth countries first arrived on the HMT Empire Windrush from June 1948 until the 1970s. Recently many from the Windrush Generation have been asked to leave the UK or denied healthcare as they have no official documentation. The British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, resigned over the matter when it transpired she had 'inadvertently misled' parliament on the Home Office's policy on enforced returns. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) - Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Friends said she died "a broken woman" and had been struggling to fill out complex claim forms.

Campaigners have also accused the Government of failing to spread word of the scheme among people now living in Africa or the Caribbean who may have been victims of the scandal.

Most of the claims received by the end of September, where country of residence is documented, came from people living in the UK (1,247), with 43 from the Caribbean, and three from Africa so far, the figures show.

The deadline for applications to the scheme has been extended until at least April 2023.

It follows a critical report published earlier this year which found that the Windrush scandal was "foreseeable and avoidable" and victims were let down by "systemic operational failings" at the Home Office.

See video below of Prince Charles paying tribute to Windrush generation: 

Among the recommendations made, the Home Office was told to review the hostile environment policy, something Ms Patel has promised to do. Last month it emerged all Home Office staff will be trained on the UK's "history of migration and race" in efforts to address failings which led to the Windrush scandal.

The move is part of a series of measures which seek to overhaul the department's culture so that staff are "focused on people" and not cases.

More than 11,500 people have now been given over 13,300 documents to confirm their immigration status.