Bates Turns Down Second Offer In Post Office Scandal

Bates Turns Down Second Offer In Post Office Scandal

Alan Bates has turned down a second compensation offer related to the Post Office Horizon scandal.


Bates, known for his advocacy depicted in the ITV drama "Mr Bates vs The Post Office," had previously rejected a government offer in January, which he deemed as "derisory," representing only a fraction of his requested compensation.

His recent refusal comes as the second offer amounted to approximately 30 percent of the financial redress he sought.

Bates's battle with the Post Office spans two decades, originating from the termination of his contract at his Llandudno branch in 2003. His refusal to accept responsibility for account shortfalls led to a prolonged legal conflict, eventually exposing the Horizon scandal. This widespread issue resulted in over 900 sub-postmasters being wrongfully prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 due to inaccuracies in the Horizon software.

In a recent interview  Bates remarked on the ongoing challenges, not just for himself but for other sub-postmasters as well, emphasizing the lack of transparency surrounding the process.

Following the termination of his contract, Bates and his wife, Suzanne Sercombe, retained their shop but lost their Post Office counter and a substantial investment. Their efforts led to a legal battle alongside hundreds of others, resulting in a £58 million settlement from the Post Office. However, after deducting legal costs, the claimants received significantly less than expected.

The government established a compensation scheme called the Group Litigation Order (GLO) to provide additional redress to those affected. While interim payments have been distributed, claimants await final offers.

Bates highlighted frustrations with delays, noting that many are also seeking compensation for the impacts on their families, a point of contention with the government.

In his recent testimony at the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry, Bates criticized the inefficiency of the redress process.

Next week, former Post Office CEO Paula Vennells is scheduled to testify at the inquiry, prompting Bates to express a desire for truth.

In response, a Department for Business and Trade spokesperson acknowledged Bates's efforts and reiterated the government's commitment to fair redress, emphasizing the role of an independent panel in resolving disputes.

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