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UK Government Prepares for Massive Payout to Post Masters

(Posted on 27/07/21)

UK Government Prepares for Massive Payout to Post Masters

It has been estimated that the government could pay as much £233 million in compensation to those post masters and postmistresses wrongly convicted during the Horizon scandal. 

Those who have had their convictions overturned have received interim compensation of up to £100,000 each.  

As reported in The Justice Gap, the Post Office is now contacting postmasters  with the aim of making an offer within 28 days of receiving an application.

"The suffering and distress these postmasters and their families have gone through cannot be overstated," said postal affairs Minister Paul Scully. "While nothing will make up for the years of pain they faced after this appalling injustice, I hope this initial step provides a measure of comfort. The Post Office has started to turn a corner in terms of dealing with its past mistakes – and this government will support them in doing so wherever possible."

Mr Sully told The Justice Gap that the Post Office would continue to work quickly towards final settlements to ensure these postmasters were ‘fairly compensated for the suffering and distress they have gone through’.

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