Government investment plan to save post offices welcomed by MP

October 29, 2010 10:54 AM

Julian HuppertA government announcement that post offices will be saved with a £1.34 billion investment has been welcomed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

He told fellow MPs in the Commons that it was "sheer joy and satisfaction" that they will no longer have to campaign against government closures of post offices but can get on with supporting them in their work.

Julian and his predecessor, David Howarth, fought against Labour plans which led to the closure of 5,000 post offices across the country including three in Cambridge at Regent Street, Trumpington Street and Hill's Road.

But yesterday (Wednesday, October 27) Business Secretary, Vince Cable announced the new funding package saying: "We shall fund the post office network and when I say 'fund' I do not mean setting aside millions of pounds to buy off sub-postmasters when we close their business.

"The funding will be used to reform the current network, to change the underlying economics, and so reverse the years of decline and secure its long-term future."

Later Julian said: "This announcement is excellent news. It will bring peace of mind to town and villages across the country where their post offices are vital not only for the range of services they provide but for the pivotal role they play in community life.

"This investment will secure the future of those post offices and hopefully encourage new businesses into towns and villages."

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