Sumary of Wrongly convicted Post Office workers to get up to £100,000 interim payouts:
- Post Office workers who have had their convictions for theft, fraud and false accounting – the result of computing errors – quashed will each get an interim compensation payment of up to £100,000 the government has said.
- In a written statement to the Commons on Thursday, the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said the government was supporting the Post Office to provide the cash before final compensation settlements were agreed.
- The announcement came three days after 12 more Post Office workers had their convictions quashed at the court of appeal.
- Monday’s judgment took the total number of Post Office workers to be cleared to 57. They had been convicted because the defective Horizon IT system falsely suggested there were cash shortfalls.
- The Post Office has started to turn a corner in terms of dealing with its past mistakes – and this government will support them in doing so wherever possible.
- ”The Post Office is contacting the post office operators and will aim to make an offer for an interim payment within 28 days of receiving an application from those whose overturned convictions relied on evidence from the Horizon system, supplied by Fujitsu.
- The Criminal Cases Review Commission said it is reviewing more cases, while others have lodged appeals directly with the court of appeal.
- In May, the Post Office said that it was contacting about 540 people who may have been wrongly prosecuted, and was seeking additional information in another 100 cases.