Fran Boait supports action against post office closures

 Richard Graham fails to deliver on Post Office promise

 

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Gloucester Fran Boait is joining community action led by The Communications Workers Union in King’s Square on Saturday 1 December at 10am to fight against the closure of Gloucester’s main post office.


The Post Office have announced a proposal to close the main post office in King’s Square in favour of a smaller franchise with fewer services to be run by WHSmiths.


Fran says: “Our post offices provide essential services to our city and community, and it is very disappointing that the Post Office is looking to close Gloucester’s only city centre post office. A franchised post office counter in WHSmith would be smaller, with fewer services, and will be even less accountable. It is likely to be much less accessible for people with disabilities, too. It’s completely unacceptable that as a city we would no longer have a Crown Post Office.”


“It is particularly disappointing that our Tory MP is so silent on this proposal. In 2010 he vowed to fight post office closures, yet he voted to privatise Royal Mail and he is doing nothing at all to protect our city’s main post office.”


Fran will be joining workers and residents protesting the Post Office’s proposal in KIng’s Square on Saturday 1 December from 10am.


Labour’s promise is to end the closure of Crown Post Office branches, which play a major role in serving their communities. Labour would also set up a commission to establish a Post Bank, owned by the Post Office and providing a full range of banking services in every community.


CWU representative Ian Treherne explained: “Evidence from Citizens Advice shows that privatising post offices results in longer queues and service times, inferior customer service and advice, poor disabled access, and fewer counter positions. WHSmith - the chain taking over Kings Square post office - was voted the worst retailer on the high street in the Which? 2018 survey. It has finished in the bottom two retailers for the last 8 years.”

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