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21 December 2021

Government must go further after agreeing to pay compensation for wrongly convicted subpostmasters

The government has agreed to pay full compensation to subpostmasters who have had wrongful convictions overturned in the Horizon IT scandal, which will focus campaigners on the financial redress for 555 former subpostmasters still denied it. While the move was welcomed, campaigners have demanded the government go further and fairly compensate a group of victims they believe are being discriminated against because they took the Post Office to court. The 555 victims are part of the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance (JFSA), which has campaigned since 2009 and forced the Post Office into court (see timeline of Horizon scandal articles since Computer Weekly broke the story in 2009). In a written statement, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) minister Paul Scully said: “I am pleased to confirm that today the government is making funding available to facilitate the Post Office to make final compensation payments to postmasters whose convictions have been overturned. We are working with the Post Office to ...

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