LOCAL politicians have welcomed the announcement that the DVLA has awarded the contract for its over the counter services to Post Office Limited.
MSPs Shona Robison and Joe Fitzpatrick and Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie received several hundred campaign postcards from local Post Office customers supporting the campaign by the National Federation of Sub Postmasters over the last few months.
Welcoming the contract decision, Mr Hosie stated: “This is a real piece of good news for Post Offices and I commend the National Federation of Sub Postmasters (NFSP) for their successful campaign.
“The new 10-year DVLA contract will provide income of around £60 million a year to the network. The NFSP say this income will help maintain other essential post office services, and provide a ‘framework contract’ which could lead to further government work for post offices.”
Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East, said: “We were contacted by local members of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters (NFSP) who operate Post Offices in the city and by many of their customers, bringing to our attention the important campaign for more government services to be provided by post offices.
“We jointly wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, reminding her that the coalition pledged to use post offices as the ‘front office for government’.
“We called on the UK government to deliver on this pledge and award the DVLA contract as an important first step in protecting the future of the network and improving the range of services available in local post offices – so we are pleased that they have seen sense and done so.”
She concluded: “The DVLA contract is an important step for the sustainability of the post office network at a time when UK government reforms are giving further cause for concern.”
Dundee City West MSP Joe Fitzpatrick added: “We want to see a secure future for post offices and they must be able to provide a range of government services - including driving licenses, tax discs and passport services - and not just be shop fronts.
“Therefore we welcome the award of the DVLA contract to post offices is a first step towards getting more government services work and making our local post offices more sustainable.”