Warning over future of Post Offices

Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, has warned that Post Offices in his constituency may close as part of the planned reorganisation of the national network.

Some 324 Post Offices have closed in Wales since 1997 and 2,500 are facing closure across the UK as part of a national programme announced last year.
Darren said, ‘Looking at the announcements which have already been made in south Wales, it is clear that many communities in Conwy and Denbighshire will have a battle on their hands when the reorganisation plans are announced in North Wales this summer.
‘It is alarming that so many Post Offices are facing the axe when you consider the social lifeline that they offer to some of the most vulnerable in our society.
‘The Assembly Government must act now to reopen the Post Office Development Fund and look for more ways of providing support to Post Offices which may be vulnerable. It is no good waiting until the reorganisation of the network has been completed and acting after the horse has bolted.
He added, ‘Rural Post Offices are particularly vulnerable and communities need to consider which candidates in the local government elections will be best placed to fight for them to be retained.’