Our Lost Post Offices – how do we get them back?
Wirksworth like a number of local communities has been without its post office for over a year. This is an increasingly common scenario since the privatization of Post Office services under the present Tory administration. Accent on commercialization at the expense of beneficial social and community outcomes has seen financial and contractual obstacles thrown in the way of their reinstatement. There has been a clear detrimental effect on rural communities with access to services for older people being particularly hit. Postal workers were the “lifeblood” of communities and regarded by people as friends.
Jeremy Corbyn has called for the Royal Mail and Post Office services to be brought back under public ownership.
“If we lose it and it breaks up and have fewer High Street post offices, we have lost something that pioneers fought for. The bean-counters in our Government don’t realise the human aspect of the Post Office.”
High street post offices were kept under state control when the Royal Mail was sold off under the Con-Dem coalition in 2013, but plans announced earlier this month would see 61 of the 314 crown post offices handed over to WH Smith.
Sub-post offices are often run under franchise agreements already. The party leader said Labour would also defend the universal service obligation under which letters were delivered anywhere in the country for the same price.
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