But it won’t help any of those who took part

I asked former subpostmaster Lee Castleton whether he would benefit in any way from the Post Office’s recently launched Historical Shortfall Scheme for current and former postmasters who believed they experienced shortfalls related to previous versions of its computer system Horizon.

He replied: “I am barred from this as I am one of the court claimants and as part of the (poor) settlement we had to agree not to pursue Post Office any more.”

So the 550 group claimants’ outcome that triggered this statement from the Post Office only clears the way for the next 500.