Victims of Post Office IT scandal receive compensation by end of year

Victims of Post Office IT scandal that led to prison for dozens of innocent employees will receive compensation offers by the end of the year, bosses say

  • Chief executive Nick Read said ‘good progresswas being made with the scheme
  • Rondom 900 van die 2,300 applicants have been made an offer
  • The Government has been forced to fund the compensation bill
  • Hundreds of postmasters were bankrupted, jailed or driven to suicide after being wrongly accused of stealing from their tills
  • All victims of the Post Office’s IT scandal will receive compensation offers by the end of the year, bosses have pledged.

    Chief executive Nick Read said that ‘good progresswas being made with the scheme, which hands payouts to postmasters wrongly convicted in the Horizon fiasco.

    Rondom 900 van die 2,300 applicants have been made an offer, the Post Office confirmed.

    The Government has been forced to fund the compensation bill as the Post Office’s sole shareholder – with the total expected to run past £1billion.

    Hundreds of postmasters were bankrupted, jailed or driven to suicide after being wrongly accused of stealing from their tills between 1999 en 2015.

    Chief executive Nick Read (op die foto) said that 'good progress' was being made with the scheme, which hands payouts to postmasters wrongly convicted in the Horizon fiasco

    Chief executive Nick Read (op die foto) said that ‘good progresswas being made with the scheme, which hands payouts to postmasters wrongly convicted in the Horizon fiasco

    In fact the money that seemed to be ‘missingwas as a result of glitches in the company’s computer system.

    Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Read also said the Post Office was ‘historically too insular and too remotewhich let down ‘too many of its postmasters’.

    Referring to the public inquiry into the IT scandal, which starts today, he added that testimonies from affected postmasters would make for ‘uncomfortable listeningfor the Post Office.

    Hy gaan voort: ‘For the postmasters concerned, giving this evidence will be hard. They have already endured much.

    ‘There will be difficult memories to raiseBut we need to hear it.

    In fact the money that seemed to be 'missing' was as a result of glitches in the company's computer system (voorraad beeld)

    In fact the money that seemed to be ‘missingwas as a result of glitches in the company’s computer system (voorraad beeld)