This report examines how the Post Office closure programme is being implemented and areas where 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.Do you think there is a whiff of hypocrisy seeing how you cannot pay your council tax at the post office in one or two areas? ... comes to putting work the post officea#39;s way, they have not been very good in the past, but things are starting to change and hopefully ... I think there is a way with Post Office Limited going forward that we have all got to be a bit more innovative about the way we address the publica#39;s anbsp;...
|Title||:||Post Office Closure Programme|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2008-05-30|