Tessa has received over 1000 campaign cards from local people asking for the Post Office to keep services such as the DVLA work.
Tessa fully supports the campaign and was keen to emphasise that she will write to everyone who has contacted her but that it will take some time because of the sheer volume of cards she has received with more arriving daily.
The Coalition Government is committed to the Post Office network, allocating £1.34 billion of funding since 2010 to sustain and modernise the network, also making an additional commitment that there will be no programme of closures, as was the case with the previous Government.
Tessa said; “Unfortunately, many Post Offices run at a loss. To ensure that people can access the services they rely upon, the Government provides a subsidy. Removing the revenues derived from DVLA Road Tax administration will place more pressure on post masters and further stretch the finite public funds available. Ultimately, whilst the Government can subsidise Post Offices, if they lose contracts then closures are the likely result. I would like to see more services being provided by the Post Office so that they can attract more custom and become viable.
My role in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which has responsibilities in this area of policy, gives me a unique chance to voice these concerns at the top table of Government. The new Minister in the Department, Jo Swinson MP will now be leading on Postal Affairs and I will be working closely with her, offering any support that may be required.
I remain committed to the Post Office, my family and I rely upon its services, I know how important it is to all local people. I have already written to the Transport Secretary asking him to support the Post Office’s bid to retain the DVLA contract. I have also written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, asking him to support the Post Office’s efforts to win new Government work – this is essential if Post Offices are able to maintain and increase their viability”
14th September 2012