LOCAL POSTMASTERS VOICE CONCERNS
Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, met recently with Sub-Postmasters from the constituency and surrounding areas to discuss closing branches and Sub-Postmaster pay.
Post Office profits increased from £13million to £35million for 2017/18 while payment to Postmasters and Sub-Postmasters was cut by £17million this year and £27million last year.
Post Office Chief Executive, Paula Vennells, has seen her salary increase by 7 per cent to £718,000 on top of her 8.4 per cent increase last year.
Figures from the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters show that from March to August 2018, 66 per cent of the 425 temporary closures of Post Offices were due to Postmasters resigning which Mrs Fellows says is due to poor remuneration.
Marion Fellows also this week met with the CEO of the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters to discuss how to support Sub-Postmasters and the Post Office network.
Commenting, Marion said:
Our hardworking Postmasters are subsidising corporate profits and executive pay packets while hundreds of branches across the UK are closing because those running them are underpaid and undervalued.
Communities are facing a crisis caused by the Post Office maximising profits at the expense of Postmasters and the UK Government’s poor governance. Postmasters cannot continue to go on while rates are cuts and services removed. Postmasters and communities need the UK Government to intervene and ensure proper remuneration.
There is so much more the UK Government could be doing to invest in Sub-Postmasters and also grow and support the network. This will ensure this valued community asset remains. Otherwise, we face a crisis as more and more hand in their keys.