Local politicians slam proposals to scrap Post Office Saturday service

Fears have been raised that county residents will be left isolated if proposals by the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition to scrap Post Office Saturday services are carried out. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have both spoken out against plans that would see the Saturday service withdrawn and the post office network moving to a 5 day week.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“Unfortunately over the past few years we have seen a systematic attack on the post office network in rural Wales. Under Labour many local post offices were forced to shut which has left whole communities isolated from important services. I am extremely worried that if these proposals are introduced we will see even more people unable to access the vital services on offer at their local post office.”

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“Quite frankly I can not understand how the Conservative – Lib Dem coalition can justify these proposals. They simply are not practical. For people in full time employment getting to the post office on a Saturday is often the only opportunity they get. To scrap the Saturday service would not only penalise people for being in employment it would handicap the local post office and almost certainly create a situation where they would struggle to remain competitive.”

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