Saturday, May 19, 2007

Government Business is key to Post Office Survival

Business from the government is the key to the survival of post offices Lib Dem MP Susan Kramer has said.

Speaking in response to a statement in which the government announced the closure of 2500 post offices Ms Kramer, who is Lib Dem Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary, challenged the government to give assurance that no more government business would be withdrawn from the Post Office.

Ms Kramer called on the government to explain their contingency plans in the event that the Post Office failed to win the tender for the Post Office card account. She also criticised the government’s plan to abolish the post office watchdog Postwatch, leaving consumers with little support when fighting local post office closures.

You can read Susan Kramer’s full speech here

Visit the BBC Action Website to see what YOU can do about the proposed Post Office Closures.

**UPDATE - 20 May 07**

I have just received the Official Closure Statistics between 1999 and 2006. During this period a total of 4101 Post Offices have closed across the United Kingdom. 20 of these closures have been within Neath and Port Talbot County Borough. These statistics DO NOT include the latest closures of a further 2,500 Post Offices recently announced by the Government.

-Richie Northcote
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