David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has called on the Government to take action to ensure that there are no further post office closures (30 November). During Trade and Industry Questions in the House of Commons, Mr Evennett asked the Secretary of State, Alistair Darling MP, what plans he has to safeguard the long-term future of the post office network.
Mr Evennett said “Bexley has lost nearly half its post offices or sub-post offices in the past five years. Will he reaffirm that the coming statement will also take into account the needs of the suburbs, which require local post offices or sub-post offices to be viable, sustainable communities. Such facilities need to be near where people live”.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, replied “We fully acknowledge the role that post offices play in communities and the essential services that they provide for many. We have a dual job: to support the network to be as wide as possible, and, equally, to expand its range of services and products for a securer financial footing”.
Mr Evennett commented afterwards “The closure of Post Offices has a profound impact on the local community, and hits vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the disabled and those with mobility problems, particularly hard. I will continue to raise these issues with the Government, and I look forward to their statement with interest”.
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