North East Fife’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Iain Smith MSP have vowed to fight against any Post Office closures in North East Fife.
Liberal Democrat MP’s including Menzies Campbell campaigned to stop the government’s Post Office closure programme when a motion was proposed recently in the House of Commons demanding the Government halt their plans to make 2500 branches shut up shop. But enough Labour MPs rallied around the Government’s closure plans to reject the motion and ensure the closure programme can continue unhindered.
Commenting, Menzies Campbell said, “The loss of any local Post Offices will hit communities in North East Fife hard. Post Offices are vital assets for many local people and any closure will likely cause difficulties, particularly for older people and those with mobility problems. We will continue to fight against closures.”
Iain Smith remarked, “Post Offices, rural or urban, have a very important role to play in peoples lives and more must be done to support them. The current system neither benefits consumers nor smaller businesses; it has effectively threatened the existence of the Post Office and Royal Mail.
“Fife Council must be congratulated on its efforts to help Fife’s Post offices by transferring its bill paying facilities from Local Offices to Post Offices. This kind of innovative thinking has given a boost in the services.”
Concluding Sir Menzies and Mr Smith said, “Post Offices are ideally placed to become local access centres for a variety of services such as the successful trial of Police services within rural Post Offices in the East Neuk.”