New threat to local post offices in Greenwich

Local Conservatives expressed alarm at a new threat to the future of the post office network in Greenwich following comments by Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of the Royal Mail, that the system could operate with just one quarter of the current branches.

  

This would mean that almost 11,000 of the remaining 14,000 post offices could close across the country, equivalent to the Eltham parliamentary constituency losing eleven and Greenwich and Woolwich eight. New figures from the independent House of Commons Library have revealed that this area has already lost eight branches since 1999.

Post offices are the lifeblood of Greenwich's community. But their future is now under real threat. Since 1999, we have already lost eight branches. Now the Post Office is warning of further cuts, potentially meaning that up to nineteen more could shut their doors.

Government initiatives like the ending of the Post Office Card account, the opening of new regional Passport Offices and moves to get people to renew their car tax online, will undermine post offices’ business even more.

Adam Crozier is right in that the Post Office’s role is to run the business as efficiently as possible. What is lacking from the government is a clear long-term strategy for Post Office, to help support the branch network, and a vision for community shops in general. The current state of the Post Office is yet another public service failure by the Labour Government.