Ian Murray MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, commenting on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s report on Post Office Network Transformation, published today, said:
"The BIS Committee is right to highlight ongoing concerns with the Post Office Locals model and the way the Tory-led Government’s changes to the Post Office Network are being implemented. Tory and Lib Dem Ministers seem to be out of touch with small businesses and consumers who currently rely on the Post Office network, and public concerns that they will end up losing out and see a reduction in the services they are able to access. The Government state that there is 'no planned closure' programme for the Post Office but the danger is that there are significant closures by stealth.
"Post Offices play a hugely important role in local communities up and down the country and are community hubs. The range of services and commercial activities at Post Office branches is vital to ensuring their long-term future and the Committee are right to highlight the Tory-led Government's hollow promise of making them the 'front office of Government'. We need an economy that works for working people. Ministers must take heed of what the Committee has said today, and ensure that changes to the Post Office do not result in a poorer service for branch users."