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Report Wants Action to Save Rural Post Offices

Magazine article Public Finance

Report Wants Action to Save Rural Post Offices

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MPs on the Commons' trade and industry select committee have added their voices to calls to save rural post offices from going out of business.

A report published by the committee on October 30 warned that unless action is taken to protect the network, the benefits that post offices provide to communities could be 'lost forever'.

Last month, a petition with 4 million signatures was handed in to Number 10 by the National Federation of Sub-postmasters, calling for government support.

The MPs say sub-postmasters feel a 'sense of betrayal' over plans such as the scrapping of the Post Office card account - a key source of revenue.

The government says it has invested an 'unprecedented' £2bn in the network. A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman said the network was a'matter of priority'. 'We will be announcing shortly a future strategy to provide sub-postmasters with the certainty they need,' he said. …

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