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Badenoch seeks urgent Fujitsu talks over Post Office compensation | Business News

Kemi Badenoch, the business secretary, is seeking urgent talks with Fujitsu to thrash out a compensation package for sub-postmasters affected by the Post Office Horizon scandal.

Sky News has learnt that Ms Badenoch wrote to Takahito Tokita, the Japanese company’s chief executive, in the wake of an acknowledgement from Fujitsu bosses that it had a “moral obligation” to contribute to the compensation bill.

In the letter, parts of which have been seen by Sky News, the minister wrote that she would “value the opportunity to discuss Fujitsu’s involvement in the Post Office Horizon scandal“.

The letter goes on: “As you may know, my department is at the forefront of our government’s efforts to right the wrongs of the past.

“I am committed to ensuring that postmasters affected get the justice they deserve.

“This is why the UK government announced new legislation last week, to overturn wrongful convictions and a plan to ensure swifter access to compensation.”

The scale of the eventual bill remains unclear, although ministers have said that the government has set aside £1bn to fund payouts to convicted and other affected sub-postmasters.

‘We expect people who contributed to scandal to contribute’

Government insiders believe that Fujitsu will be put under pressure to fund a substantial sum running to hundreds of millions of pounds after both it and the Post Office – which is owned by the government – lied and obstructed justice for many years.

On Tuesday, Paul Patterson, Fujitsu’s European chief executive, told MPs the company was “truly sorry” for its conduct, which has drawn renewed scrutiny after ITV broadcast Mr Bates Vs the Post Office, a drama about what has been labelled Britain’s biggest-ever miscarriage of justice.

Kevin Hollinrake, the minister in Ms Badenoch’s department responsible for postal affairs, has been praised by some of those involved in the scandal for having repeatedly raised it in parliament while he was on the backbenchers.


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This notice was published: 2024-01-17 10:54:00

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