Postal workers who have been convicted of theft, fraud and resulting false accounting of calculation errors canceled will each receive a provisional compensation which may be1st up to £ 100,000, the government said.
In a written statement to the Commons on Thursday, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government supported post office to provide cash before final compensation is agreed.
The announcement came three days after 12 more Postal workers had their convictions overturned on appeal . Monday's judgment brought the total number of postal workers to 57 after being convicted because Horizon's faulty computer system mistakenly suggested there was a cash shortage at 57. no less of 900 operators, often called sub-postmasters, wet may have been prosecuted and convicted between 2000 and 2014, in one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British legal history.
Some of the convicted workers were imprisoned , lost their means of livelihood and their homes. Many went bankrupt - and some died before their names were erased.
Postal Minister Paul Scully said: "The suffering and distress of these postmasters and their families gone through cannot be overstated. While nothing will make up for the yes rs of the pain they have suffered after this appalling injustice, I hope this first step will bring some comfort.
"The Post Office has started to take a turn in terms of dealing with its past mistakes - and this government will support them in doing so where possible. "
Post office contacts postmasters and will endeavor to make interim payment offer within 28 days of receiving a request from those whose overturned convictions were based on Horizon system evidence , provided by Fujitsu.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission said it is reviewing more cases while others have appealed directly to the the court of appeal. In May, the post said it was contacting around 540 people who may have been wrongfully prosecuted and seeking additional information in 100 other cases. If and when such convictionsons are canceled, those postmasters will also be eligible for compensation payments announced Thursday, the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said.
In December 2019, La Poste settled a civil action brought by 555 claimants, without admitting liability, for £ 57.75 million. However, that came to £ 12million after court costs, or less than £ 22,000 each.
In April of this year, the same month that 39 subpostmasters have had their convictions overturned , Post General Manager Nick Read called on the government to fund "significant compensation" for those wrongly convicted of, claiming that the company "simply does not have the financial resources " to do so.
Thursday it declared: a priority for La Poste. I salute the support of the governmentnt to enable those interim payments that begin to provide redress to people who have seriously failed. While we cannot change the past, this is an important step towards meaningful compensation for victims and we will offer payments as soon as possible. "
Following a public outcry, 39 postal workers were acquitted the following month, the government announced would put the independent investigation into the Horizon scandal on a legal basis , which means that it would have the power to compel witnesses and demand evidence, with fines or a penalty -compliance.
The Union of communications workers called for criminal investigations into senior postal officials who "oversaw the criminalization of hundreds of mavery post ".