SNP MP MARION FELLOWS WRITES TO MINISTER AFTER POST OFFICE CEO SNUB
This week, Marion Fellows, MP for Motherwell and Wishaw and the SNP’s Small Business spokesperson, wrote to Margot James MP, UK Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, to demand intervention over plans to franchise Crown Post Offices across the UK.
The MP requested a meeting with Post Office Chief Executive, Paula Vennells, last week but was snubbed and given the details for the Post Office’s public consultation instead.
She has now asked to meet with UK Government Ministers due to fears of a “managed decline” of the Post Office which will result in complete privatisation.
37 Crown Post Offices, larger branches found on high streets, have been chosen for closure.
Commenting, Marion Fellows said:
“We are seeing the managed decline of the Post Office – a cherished community asset. If the Post Office will not listen to communities and scrap franchise plans, then the UK Government must force them to.
“Franchise plans will result in a drop in access, services, footfall in town centres and also jobs resulting in a loss of expertise which are essential for the Post Office’s viability and future.
“I believe that the lack of action may be a deliberate attempt to make the Post Office look like it is failing so it can be placed on the Tory chopping block of complete privatisation.
“We need action before that happens and have the Post Office explore new ways to diversify its income. One idea is to become a major lender to small businesses who struggle to get access to funding.
“Closing shop fronts in town centres across the UK will doom the Post Office’s future. We need action now.”