Post Office: Compensation offers made to 99.7% of Postmasters in Horizon Shortfall Scheme

Post Office: Compensation offers made to 99.7% of Postmasters in Horizon Shortfall Scheme

Post Office has published its latest figures for compensation paid to Horizon victims.

  • 2,410 postmasters in the Horizon Shortfall Scheme have now received compensation offers, totalling over £100m, with the majority agreed and paid
  • £20.9 million paid to those whose Horizon-related convictions have been overturned by the Courts.

Simon Recaldin, Post Office’s Remediation Unit Director, said: “Our sole aim is to get full and fair compensation to people as fast as we are able. Offers totalling over £121 million have now been made, with the majority agreed and paid. Substantial interim payments continue in cases not yet resolved.”

Latest* figures are:

Horizon Shortfall Scheme (HSS)

Compensation Offers made 2,410 (99.7%) £100.9 million
Payments made 2,006 (83%) £72.7 million
Claims awaiting offer 7 (0.3%)

The Scheme remains open for late applications and Post Office encourages those who think they may be owed compensation to come forward. Offers and payments also continue to be made for these each week, including interim payments in cases that are not yet resolved. Offers of £3.4 million and payments of £1.1 million have been made so far for late applications.

Overturned Convictions (OC)

Compensation totalling £20.9 million has been provided so far to people whose convictions have been overturned:

  • All eligible claimants with an overturned conviction, who have applied for an interim payment, have now received a minimum of £163,000
  • In addition to the interim payments, 56 people have agreed settlements totalling over £6.8 million for personal damages
  • 5 full and final settlements have been agreed and paid.

Post Office is working with the seven law firms and legal representatives representing individual postmasters with overturned convictions to agree remediation principles and processes to help enable claims not yet received by Post Office to be made more quickly.

GLO scheme

Post Office is not involved in the administration of the Scheme and the latest information from the Government can be found here.

The Scheme is run by the Government to provide additional compensation to around 500 people who were part of a Group Litigation settlement in 2019.

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