Title: UK Government Plans to Rectify Post Office Scandal Convictions Affecting over 900 Individuals
In a major development, the UK government has taken steps to overturn the convictions of more than 900 individuals who were wrongly linked to the Post Office scandal. Additionally, over 4,000 people have been informed that they are eligible to receive compensation. The move comes after years of legal battles and appeals, revealing the extent of the injustice suffered by those involved.
To address this significant issue, three compensation schemes have been established, allowing affected individuals to seek redress according to their circumstances. These schemes include the Group Litigation Order (GLO) scheme, the Overturned Convictions scheme, and the Horizon Shortfall Scheme.
One of the prominent groups seeking compensation is led by Alan Bates, who represents a collective of 555 sub-postmasters featured in an ITV drama about the scandal. This group will be eligible to benefit from the GLO scheme, entitling them to a minimum upfront compensation payment of £75,000.
Meanwhile, individuals who have had their convictions overturned can apply for compensation through the Overturned Convictions scheme. To date, 93 individuals have successfully had their convictions quashed and can choose either a fast-tracked settlement of £600,000 or negotiate for a larger amount based on their circumstances.
The Horizon Shortfall Scheme has been specifically established for sub-postmasters who weren’t convicted or involved in the GLO court action. This scheme allows them to have their cases independently assessed to determine their eligibility for compensation.
Although the number of eligible individuals for compensation exceeds 4,000, the processes involved in distributing the funds have been sluggish, leaving the exact number of recipients uncertain. Moreover, new potential victims are still coming forward, adding complexity to the situation.
Additionally, families of the 60 individuals who tragically lost their lives before receiving compensation will be able to apply on their behalf, recognizing the prolonged suffering experienced by those affected.
As of December 1, 2023, the government has paid out a total of £138 million across the three compensation schemes. Individual compensation amounts have varied significantly, ranging from £10,000 to “well over £1 million,” reflecting the unique circumstances of each case.
With the implementation of these compensation schemes, the UK government aims to rectify the gross miscarriage of justice suffered by those implicated in the Post Office scandal. It is hoped that this step will provide some measure of closure and compensation for the victims and their families, while highlighting the importance of preventing such injustices from happening in the future.
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