More than 2,000 stores will be affected by the move, which is collectively worth £2.2m per year. 

It marks the first increase in the payment since 2012. 

The news follows an announcement made in April of an increase in payments for cash deposits from 1 August, originally scheduled for October. 

National Federation of SubPostmasters (NFSP) chief executive Calum Greenhow told betterRetailing: “There is now recognition within government and within PO’s senior management that subpostmaster remuneration has to be increased in order to give the network a more sustainable future.

“We are working to ensure that substantive increases to pay are brought about via the remuneration review.”

A Post Office spokesperson told betterRetailing: “We are determined to secure and enhance the PO network for the future, ensuring that our postmasters are fairly rewarded.”

However, trade union CWU’s national branch secretary, Mark Baker, added: “This is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to improve rates.”