POSTMASTER CRISIS HITTING SCOTLAND HARDEST

28th March 2019

UK GOVT INACTION LEADING TO “MASS EXODUS” OF POSTMASTERS

Figures from Post Office Ltd have revealed that the Scottish Post Office network is being the hardest hit by the Postmaster crisis as Scotland has the highest number of temporarily closed branches and the highest number of temporary branch operators for any region on the UK.

Of the 1016 temporarily closed branches, 134 are in Scotland representing 13% of all temporarily closed branches with Scotland only having 8% of the population. The second most affected was the South East of England with 121.

Likewise, 52 of the 315 branches run by a temporary operator are in Scotland. Temporary Postmasters step in when a Postmaster leaves and if a permanent Postmaster can’t be found.

SNP MP, Marion Fellows, blames poor contracts and low remuneration for Postmasters handing their keys in and the failure to keep branches open.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“The Tories’ continued refusal to support Postmasters and the Post Office network is particularly impacting Scottish communities and the people in them who rely on the Post Office’s services.

“The Tories are being driven by a policy of non-intervention. But as the special shareholder, the UK government has to take action to prevent the managed decline of yet another valued public asset.

“There has been a mass exodus of Postmasters leaving many communities without a branch. Rather than standing back and allowing the Post Office to crumble, the UK government needs to sort Postmaster contracts and ensure they are properly remunerated for their work.”