Tameside Conservatives have been at the forefront of the campaign across the borough to keep our Post Offices open.
However, some of Tameside’s Post Offices are closing because the sub-postmasters can no longer afford to keep them open. This is because Labour Government policy has resulted in the following:
Pensioners and those on state benefits forced to have their monies paid directly into their bank accounts;
TV licences being withdrawn from sale at Post Offices;
Driving licences being withdrawn from sale at Post Offices; and,
Postage stamps being supplied to other outlets.
Policies like these has resulted in drop of up to 40 per cent in some sub-postmasters’ incomes.
Could you survive if your income was slashed by 40 per cent?
ABOVE: TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVES OUTSIDE DENTON ROAD POST OFFICE, AUDENSHAW, AGAINST ITS CLOSURE.
BELOW: CLLR. JOHN BELL OUTSIDE EDGE LANE POST OFFICE.
What would the Conservatives do?
The Conservative Action Plan for Post Offices contains the following proposals:
Freeing up Sub-Postmasters
We will rewrite Sub-Postmasters’ contracts, allowing them to provide a greater range of products and services, including private mail services.
Using Post Offices as Government GP service
We will investigate a scheme whereby people who have concerns about a range of Government services, such as tax returns and pension entitlements, can use their local Post Office as a kind of ‘Government GP’.
Campaigning on the Post Office Card Account
This scheme is hugely important to those people who do not have bank accounts and around one million of our most vulnerable people cannot get a bank account
Encouraging ‘Council Counters’
We will encourage local councils to see what services they could provide though Post Offices and whether they could use the Post Office network in their area to better engage with local residents.