Fear For The Future Of Rural Post Offices
8:33am 28th November 2013
Government plans to modernise traditional Post Offices will hurt rural communities in Dorset, according to a local charity.
The Minister in charge of the upheaval, Jo Swinson, wants more Post Offices to convert to a new model called "Post Office Local".
Under new rules the hubs will get commission for the number of transactions over the counter.
Simon Thompson from Dorset Community Action says the new Post Office model is no good for smaller communities and villages who have less footfall;
"It works OK in an urban environment or a large village or small town, where there's a high customer footfall, but of course in the smaller villages with a population of 200 to 250 people the footfall is every small. The local model just simply won't work in a situation like that."
Under government plans 8 thousand Post Offices are to be modernised at a cost of 640 million pounds.
The Communication Workers Union claims the move will see 4 thousand postmasters face compulsory redundancy if they don't agree to convert to the new model.
The government insists its 'new style' of branch will improve customer service.