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The Post Office Scandal: "Does money compensate for injustice?"

19th - 26th January 2024

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Total votes


5-11 votes


11-16+ votes

Following much discussion in recent weeks, voters explored the Horizon scandal and the impact of ITV’s Mr Bates vs The Post Office on public opinion. They considered what happened at the time, what has happened since, and whether financial reimbursement can make up for the poor treatment hundreds of
subpostmasters received.

Primary 7-11, Secondary, 16+ & College voters were asked: “Does money compensate (11+)/make up (7-11) for injustice?”, while Primary 5-7 voters discussed: “Do you know what to do when you are treated unfairly?”

54,392 young people in the UK took part in this vote.

Post Office Scandal child voter

Age 5-11

"Yes because the money will be able to rebuild families and start their
lives again."

Post Office Scandal teen voter

Age 11-16

"We don't believe that you can ever make up for what happened to these people - the best thing we can do is to stop it from happening to others.”

Post Office Scandal student voter

Age 16+

"No it does not, but it is also dependent on the amount of money that is being compensated and what the injustice is."

83% of 7-11-year olds argued money doesn't make up for injustice.

  • 80% of 5-7-year-olds said they know what to do when they are treated unfairly.
  • 7-11-year olds were discussing whether money can make up for injustice. 83% voted No, which was our greatest majority of the week.
71% of 11-16-year olds agreed, after discussing the details of the Horizon Post Office Scandal.

  • Secondary, 16+ & College voters were considering whether money can compensate for injustice.
  • 71% of Secondary students voted 'No', with 70% of College and 16+ voters also saying 'No'.
Many argued that no amount could compensate for the mental toll experienced by subpostmasters.

  • The most common argument was that money can't bring back the lost time or fix the mental toll experienced by the subpostmasters.