Lembit attacks Labour’s post offices closure plan

by Stephen Tall on October 3, 2007

The list of the first 180 of the 2,500 post offices due to close within the next 15 months has been unveiled. They include:

  • 45 in the East Yorkshire area;
  • 58 in Kent; and
  • 77 in the East Midlands.
  • The full list can be downloaded here.

    The closures have been condemned by Lembit Öpik, Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform:

    “These closures are completely unnecessary. It is obvious that there are ways of sustaining post offices without breaking the bank. What’s missing is the Government’s willingness to do so.

    “What is the point in consultation if the views of accountants are more important than those of the customer?

    “Once again vital social services are being lost to communities for the sake of money and because of an assessment process that takes little account of the effects of the changes being made.”