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9 April 2008

Part-time services no consolation for loss of local Post Offices

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today warned that the promise of part-time outreach post office services would be no consolation for local communities whose local post offices are threatened with closure.

Mr Barrett was speaking following the Post Office’s announcement that it will extend its ‘outreach’ trial to urban areas.

The full list of proposed Edinburgh Post Office closures will be announced later in the year.

John Barrett said:  

“Introducing a part-time ‘Post Office Lite’ will be of no consolation for those parts of Edinburgh left with no proper post office by this Government.  

“So called ‘outreach’ services should only ever be used to fill in gaps in very rural areas, rather than as an alternative for full-time post offices in towns and cities.

“The next round of closures will be a real shock to many communities in and around Edinburgh and will affect some of the most vulnerable, who rely on their local Post Offices as a lifeline for many services.

“Ministers should be helping the Post Office expand its network by enabling it to develop more income streams, rather than removing services and letting it wither on the vine through the current process of managed decline.” 

John Barrett MP and Margaret Smith MSP at 10 Downing Street

John Barrett MP and Margaret Smith MSP at 10 Downing Street

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