Politicans back sub postmasters’ campaign

LOCAL SNP politicians are backing a campaign by the National Federation of Sub Postmasters (NFSP) to help secure more government work for post offices after being contacted by a number of constituents and staff of local post offices.

Post Office Ltd. is currently bidding for the new 10-year DVLA contract, which would provide income of around £60 million a year to the network. The NFSP say this income would 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 have been contacted by local members of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters (NFSP) who operate local Post Offices in our constituencies, and by many of their customers, bringing to our attention the important campaign for more government services to be provided by post offices

“We are strongly in support of the campaign and have jointly written 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 have 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.

“Promised additional government services - with the accompanying extra revenue for Post Office - has yet to materialise and 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 is also backing the move. He said: “A recent report from the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee criticised the inflexibility of the UK Government’s proposals for the future of post offices and the lack of a programme for delivering government services.

“The report also warned that reforms could leave one in five post offices ‘unsustainable or unsuitable.

“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.”