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Sources have told Express.co.uk that Post Office minister Paul Scully has negotiated a deal for compensation for the 555 former postmasters who brought the original civil claim against the Post Office.

While the final details have not been agreed yet, the different parties have said that those who had been left out of an earlier package will be compensated.

A source close to the minister, who has made resolving the issue a personal mission, said: “It was completely unfair that the 555 original complainants were left out but they are a step further to receiving the justice they deserve.”

In the court hearing subpostmasters described how their lives were “irreparably ruined” as they lost their jobs, homes and marriages after they were prosecuted by the Post Office – which knew the Fujitsu-developed IT system had “faults and bugs from the earliest days of its operation”.

Lawyers representing 42 former subpostmasters said evidence of serious defects in the Horizon system was “concealed from the courts, prosecutors and defence”, in order to protect the Post Office “at all costs”.

Then in 2019 the Post Office agreed to pay damages to those who were caught up in the scandal with an initial payment of £100,000 each.

It accepted it had previously “got things wrong in [its] dealings with a number of postmasters” and agreed to pay £58 million in damages.

But the claimants received a share of just £12 million, after legal fees were paid.

However, because of a time lag the 555 former postmasters who brought the original case were left out and received nothing.

The Government is imminently expected to announce that this injustice will be put right.

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