Leading local Liberal Democrat Cllr Ann Holtom has welcomed the announcement by the Liberal Democrat Postal Affairs Minister, Ed Davey MP, that following years of under investment and the closure of 65 Post Offices in Birmingham & 1,500 nationwide by the previous Government, the Coalition is committed to investing in the future of the much loved Post Office network. The closures which were keenly felt by the communities they served because for decades Government failed to address the real challenges faced by local Post Offices. The coalition Government is determined to reverse the years of decline and secure the long term future of the Post Office network.
Cllr Holtom said: "I'm pleased that the Lib Dem minister responsible for Post Offices has stated that the post office is not for sale and that there will be no more closures under his watch. £1.3 billion of funding will be provided during the next four years to enable Post Offices to reach out to new customers, refurbishing branches, extending opening hours and reducing queues."
Under the Coalition's proposals, Post Offices will also be encouraged to expand a range of financial services offered to its customers and the local Post Office will also become a genuine provider of services for local and national government.
There are also plans to turn the Post Office into a mutual - like the co-operative which would ensure that the post office acts in the best interests of the public. This would give employees, sub postmasters and communities a greater say on how the post office is run.
Cllr Holtom added: "These commitments to the Post Office will break the cycle of decline and will give the network a vibrant future. More importantly these reforms will ensure that the much loved local Post Office will continue to be at the heart of the local community. I'm very pleased that I won't have to campaign against Post Office closures because under this Government they are in safe hands."