Post Office Closure Programme
HC 292-I, Third Report of Session 2007-08 – Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons – Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This report from the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee examines how the Post Office closure programme is being implemented and considers areas in which it could be improved. The Network Change Programme began in July 2007 and the final consultation is scheduled to end in October 2008. This challenging timetable has meant that consultation has been curtailed and the whole process has been rushed.
The Committee does not accept that a reduction to 7,500 offices is acceptable and a minimum of 11,500 fixed outlets is recommended. Post Office Ltd should be clearer in its approach to public consultation about closures. The Committee is also concerned that access criteria – proximity of population to offices, local transport, and geographical constraints – have not been fully taken into account, nor the principle of services being fully accessible to all. The process has been improving with more experience but there is still room for further improvement and clarity.
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