The Post Office is looking for suppliers to provide it with IT services worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
This includes back-office IT applications.
Could this see the organisation look again at the Horizon accounting system used by sub-postmasters. The Horizon system, which was developed by ICL/Fujitsu Services, is used by thousands of sub-postmasters. It has been blamed by many for sub-postmasters being wrongly charged and even jailed for accounting shortfalls. Others have had to make up cash discrepancies following prosecutions.
Despite years of allegations that the Horizon system is at fault for many accounting shortfalls, the Post Office has unrelentingly defended it. However it recently admitted that it had to look more closely at individual sub-postmaster cases.
Could this be the time for the Post Office to get rid of the system?
Read a timeline of articles on the subject from Computer Weekly:
September 2009 – Post-masters form action group after accounts shortfall
November 2009 – Post Office theft case deferred over IT questions
January 2013 – Post Office announces amnesty for Horizon evidence
January 2013 – Post Office wants to get to bottom of IT system allegations