Apr 27, 2021

Post Office scandal: Government rejects call to extend inquiry

The government has launched an inquiry into the prosecution of the former Post Office workers. On Friday, 39 of the former Post Office workers saw their criminal convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal. As the government is the only shareholder in the Post Office, Mr Scully also confirmed that the government will step in to cover financial compensation to more than two thousand individuals who have come forward to the Post Office having lost money because of the technical flaws in Horizon. A number of MPs also raised the question as to why the government had not apologised to former sub-postmasters for its lack of oversight during this period, and it's financial backing of the Post Office as it spent £100m in legal fees convicting sub-postmasters through many years. On Monday, the former chief executive of the Post Office, Paula Vennells, quit her roles on the boards of Morrisons and Dunelm following the IT scandal which led to the wrongful convictions of former postmasters.

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