Government Denies Asking Post Office to Delay Compensation


The UK government has denied allegations made by the former chairman of the Post Office, Henry Staunton, that he was instructed to delay compensation payments to victims of the Horizon scandal. The scandal involved hundreds of subpostmasters who were wrongly prosecuted for theft due to faulty software between 1999 and 2015. Staunton claimed a senior civil servant told him to slow down compensation payments to help the government’s finances. However, a government spokesperson refuted these claims, stating that the government has accelerated compensation and encouraged postmasters to come forward with their claims. Staunton also alleged that Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch said “someone’s got to take the rap” when he was informed of his dismissal. The Labour Party and Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey have called for swift compensation and exoneration for all subpostmasters affected by the scandal.

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