Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, warned today that the Government?s mismanagement of the Post Office threatens the closure of sub-post offices across Hertfordshire.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “When I was Social Security Secretary I announced a plan to automate the payment of benefits through the Post Office network. Labour abandoned this plan after coming to office. The Government intends to force benefit payments to be made through the banking system from next year.

    “Sub-post offices are not only vital to their communities at large, but are very often crucial to the most needy in society: the elderly and the disadvantaged. By insisting that all payments are made to bank accounts, sub-post offices face losing a third of their revenues and the indirect business gained from visits made to them. The Government has done little to indicate how that shortfall will now be made up. In the meantime, thousands of sub-post offices are in danger of closing across the country.

    “The current state of the Post Office is yet another public service failure by Labour.?