Alan Bates, who led the marketing campaign for justice within the Post Office Horizon scandal, says he’ll reject the compensation he has been provided by the federal government.
The former sub-postmaster, whose 20-year combat impressed the ITV sequence Mr Bates vs The Post Office, advised The Daily Telegraph the provide was “offensive” and “cruel”.
The authorities confirmed plans for “full and fair compensation” to sub-postmasters affected by the scandal in 2022.
But Mr Bates stated the compensation provide had been “around a sixth” of what he requested and advised the newspaper: “‘Full and fair’ might be His Majesty’s government’s interpretation, but in reality the offer is derisory, offensive and after all this time, yes, cruel.
“I’ll completely be turning this provide for monetary redress down.
“It’s just a terrible way to treat human beings – and I have heard from several sub-postmasters who have received similarly derisory offers, while others are still waiting.”
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He stated the provide had been made on Wednesday, 111 days after his declare – ready with the assistance of forensic accountants engaged by his legal professionals – had been submitted.
“I have been in the queue along with all the others in the scheme, but if my case is an example of the way they are going to treat all cases, we may as well start looking at a legal action again and let the judiciary decide.”
Mr Bates was amongst greater than 500 individuals who obtained a mean of about £20,000 after a High Court ruling in 2019.
A authorities spokesman advised the Daily Telegraph: “If any applicant to the GLO (Group Litigation Order) scheme feels that they are owed more than is being offered, we are happy to discuss the evidence with their legal advisers.
“If we won’t agree, selections might be made by an unbiased panel that features authorized and accountancy consultants, who guarantee honest redress based mostly on the proof.”