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Stewart Jackson MP reacted with grave concern at Government plans to close 2,500 Post Offices across the country, on top of the 4,000 already shut since 1999. The cuts will start next summer.

Stewart Jackson MP


In the Peterborough constituency, this could potentially mean the closure of three Post Offices, from the current level of 17.

Stewart commented: “Post Offices are the lifeblood of Peterborough’s community. But their future is now under real threat. These cuts will hit the vulnerable and the elderly the hardest. Labour Ministers need to recognise that if the local Post Office closes, often the last shop in the vicinity closes as well, and a van for a couple of hours a week is no replacement for a Post Office open full time.

“Conservatives have called for Sub-Post Offices to be given greater freedoms to offer a wider range of commercial products and are pushing for more Post Offices to be ‘one stop shops’ for central government services.”

Number of Post Offices

1999

2005

Change since 1999

Further cuts to come

Peterborough

24

17

-7

-3

Stewart Jackson was elected in May 2005 to represent the Peterborough constituency in the House of Commons. To find out more about him, his views and activities, visit his website at www.stewartjackson.org.uk

December 2006

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