The Billion Pound Bill
September 4th 2017, by Jack Courtez, News Editor at Retail Express, betterRetailing.com
The billion pound bill:
Postmasters head to court
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The Post Office could be forced to pay more than £1bn to 1,300 postmasters that are claiming to be wrongly-accused of theft.
A group court case of the first 523 postmasters begins next month. They allege that they have been blamed for serious accounting errors made by the company’s Horizon computer system since 1999, which resulted in many losing their jobs and being forced to pay back thousands of pounds, while some were imprisoned.
If successful, the first case could lead to £500m in damages being awarded to those affected, with a similar amount expected for the second case.
According to Communications Workers Union postmaster branch secretary Mark Baker, the court case could open the floodgates to a “PPI-like claims system”. He added: “Any overturn of convictions will have serious ramifications for not just the Post Office, but the British justice system.”
Baker told Retail Express that the Post Office may require Government aid in order to make the payments.
The Post Office strongly denies any wrongdoing.
A Post Office spokesperson said the Post Office is defending the case: “As we said when the group litigation order was made by the court earlier this year, we welcome it as offering the best opportunity for the matters in dispute to be heard and resolved.
“We will be continuing to address the allegations through the court’s processes and will not otherwise comment on litigation while it is ongoing.”
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