Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, joined Councillors Bernard Lloyd and John Chambers to visit the post office in Luton Road, Harpenden which is threatened by the government‘s plan to close 3,000 of the 8,000 urban post offices. He discussed the problem with the owners.
Peter Lilley recalled that as Secretary of State for Social Security, he had started a project to computerise the delivery of pensions and social security benefits which would have secured the future of the post office network.
“Unfortunately, the government decided to abandon this programme and force people to receive their pensions and benefits via a bank account, taking custom away from sub-post offices.”
Peter Lilley said, “The loss of a post office here will hit many pensioners and young mothers who will be forced to go into central Harpenden at great inconvenience and increasing congestion. I shall urge the government to think again.”