Chair releases his Statement on Compensation Issues
The Chair of the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry continues to encourage swift action in the delivery of compensation to those affected by the Horizon scandal.
In a Statement published today, Sir Wyn Williams provides his views on the submissions made at the Compensation Hearing on the 8 December 2022 and the progress made in relation to the schemes established to compensate sub-postmasters impacted by failings surrounding the Horizon system: the Historical Shortfall Scheme (HSS), the Overturned Historic Convictions Scheme (OHCS) and the Group Litigation Scheme (GLS).
The Statement highlights critical issues including:
- Bankruptcy/insolvency matters and their impact on applicants receiving full and fair compensation;
- Progress towards the award of reasonable legal costs; and
- Urgency in resolving complex claims across the schemes
Sir Wyn has determined that there is no need for him to issue an Interim Report at this stage. However, he signals his intention to continue to monitor progress of the Compensation Schemes and a further Compensation hearing to be scheduled for April 2023.
The Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry is an independent public inquiry examining failings surrounding the Post Office’s Horizon IT system which led to the suspension and termination of contracts, and the wrongful prosecution and conviction of subpostmasters and subpostmistresses. Read the List of Issues the Inquiry is examining here.