Smith welcomes Post Office announcement

Sir Robert Smith MP for West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine has welcomed a new ten-year deal announced by the Liberal Democrat Business Minister Ed Davey between the Post Office and Royal Mail.

“This announcement is to be greatly welcomed. The ten year deal will provide certainty for Post Office Limited and will help post offices to remain open and to continue to serve their communities. This is excellent news.”

The new deal gives additional certainty to local post offices across the UK and covers the full range of Royal Mail products available at post offices such as first and second class post, parcels, air mail, recorded and special deliveries. The Coalition Government has acted to maintain the Post Office network following the closure of more than 7,100 Post Offices under the last Government.

Commenting on the announcement, the Business Minister Ed Davey said: “A year ago I set out a radical plan to transform Post Office’s future, with £1.34bn of Government support and investment but without any closure programmes.

“Since then the Post Office has made good progress to become more competitive, building on its strengths.”