The sub-masters of Post wrongly found guilty of breaches in a post office computer scandal will receive interim compensation of up to £ 100,000, the government said.
As of this date week, 57 former deputy postmasters had their convictions overturned - with more in court in the coming months.
More people have been affected by the scandal than in any other miscarriage of justice in the Kingdom United.
The government has agreed to fund the upfront payments.
The perThose affected may receive additional compensation at a later date if they take their case to civil courts.
Postal Affairs Minister Paul Scully said: “The suffering and distress these Postmasters and their families have gone through cannot be overstated. While nothing can make up for the years of pain they have suffered after this appalling injustice, I hope this first step will bring some comfort.
"The Post has started to take a turn in terms of dealing with its past mistakes - and this government will support them in this task as much as possible. "
Hundreds of people who ran postal branches have been convicted of