Post Offices: Closures

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th September 2012.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the potential number of post office closures that will occur as a consequence of the abolition of core tier fixed payments to post offices.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

holding answer 5 September 2012

The Government have made a clear commitment that there will be no programme of post office closures. This is supported by £1.34 billion funding to maintain a network of at least 11,500 branches, and also to modernise around 6,000 post offices by 2015 in a process known as Network Transformation. This is a completely voluntary process; no sub-postmaster is being forced to change their contract and for those who do not opt to change, we are not abolishing the core tier payment. It should be noted that Post Office Ltd has reported an encouraging level of interest in converting to the new operating models under Network Transformation from existing sub-postmasters.

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