Monday, December 18, 2006
Save Dorset's Post Offices
In my new role as the Parliamentary Spokesman for Mid Dorset and North Poole I've set up a web site to campaign against proposed Sub Post Office closures in Dorset.
Be they in rural areas or those like our own sub post offices provide a vital service to the community.
This Government has progressively transferred services away from the local Post Offices thereby cutting their income and making them increasingly less viable financially.
To my mind the current Social Network contribution of £150million is a small price to pay for the service those remaining offices provide. When you consider that the government spent £1.1 billion on the services of consultants alone last year it puts this amount in to perspective.
At a time when the government is also cutting subsidies to our local authorities which in turn cause them to cut back their support for public transport, I would have thought that we should be investing in businesses which provide local access to a range of services.
Sub Post Offices provide services to both residents and businesses. If we are to retain vibrant and diverse rural and suburban areas then Sub post Offices must be part of that picture. The alternative is to force more and more people in to their cars in order to commute to obtain the services they need.
We'd be very grateful of your support for the petition, please sign it by logging on here and following the on screen instructions.