BIS publish report on post office transformation
- Published on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:48
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee today publishes a report - 'Post Office Network Transformation: a progress report' - outlining its concerns with regards to the Government's proposals for change to the ownership and administration of the Post Office network
Commenting on the publication of the report, the Chairman of the BIS Committee, Adrian Bailey MP, said:
"Post offices provide vital services to local communities up and down the country, particularly for those in rural or deprived areas.
It has long been clear that the Post Office network needs to undergo significant change in order to place it on a long-term sustainable footing and to increase its geographical coverage.
Any such reform must be more than just a consolidation of the existing network.
The BIS Committee supports the direction of travel set out by the Government.
However, a number of serious concerns remain, not least with regards to the inflexibility of the proposals, the lack of a programme for delivering government services for the Post Office and deficiencies in the training programme for post office staff.
Without urgent and serious consideration, these concerns could undermine the Government's ambitions to create a Post Office network fit for the 21st century."