The government has announced a £ 19.5m interim compensation package to the postmasters involved in exposing the Horizon Office Post scandal.
Horizon accounting software was installed by the Post Office in the late 1990s and was managed by Fujitsu. However, technical defects caused the software to display accounting deficiencies incorrectly.
As a result, more than 700 postmasters were wrongfully prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 for theft or false accounting in one of the largest acts of justice in the history of British law.
In April last year, a group of job sub – masters won a historical legal battle clear their names.
A spokesman from the Post Office said UKTN: “Ensuring full, fair and final compensation for all victims of the Horizon scandal as we redress past wrongs is a priority. Nearly two-thirds of postmasters in the Historical Deficit Scheme have received offers of compensation, most of which have already been paid.
“We welcome the government’s action for final, fair compensation for the postmasters who were part of the group’s litigation settlement and for those whose convictions relating to Horizon have been overturned.”
The latest package brings the total compensation to around £ 30m.
Paul Scully, Minister for Postal Affairs, said: “I hope that this first step will comfort these pioneering postmasters as we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that they receive their fair share of compensation.”
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Post Office victims receive £ 19.5m in government compensation
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