Tuesday 10 January 2017 / 11:43 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The Government should look at how it can expand Post Office services and make them sustainable rather than just managing a slow decline – Gill Furniss

Gill Furniss MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Steel, Postal Services and
Consumer Protection,
responding to the announcement that the Post Office will close and
franchise a further 37 Crown Post offices said: 

“The
Post Office is a national brand – everybody trusts it. We must make sure
that it will be fit-for-purpose for the 21st Century. The Government
should look at how it can expand Post Office services and make them sustainable
rather than just managing a slow decline in services.

“This
announcement comes before the Government has even responded to its consultation
on the Post Office that closed on 21 December, ignoring the 75,000 postcards
returned by the CWU and signed by members of the public in response to the
consultation. This just shows that the Government is not serious about
providing a long-term sustainable future for the Post Office, and even less so
about taking on board the views of the public or Post Office workers.  

“At
a time when the Prime Minister wants a country that ‘works for everyone’, the
Post Office continues to go ahead with a franchising programme to replace Crown
Services with small counters in other shops. This will lead to worse services
for customers, worse conditions for workers and compromises on everything from
fewer staff to disabled access.

“The
Post Office is also a lifeline to rural areas. Deprived areas where there is
low car ownership and people dependent on benefits will lose out if the
Government continues to oversee the decline of this essential service.  We
will continue to press the Minister to support the future of the Post Office.’’