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Lib Dem Christmas present to Hastings & Rye Post Offices

December 18, 2014
Nick campaigning before the last General Election to save Post Office services in Rye

Nick campaigning before the last General Election to save Post Office services in Rye

Dear Editor [of the Hastings and the Rye Observers],

Local Post Offices are the beating heart of our communities and provide a vital service for vulnerable and elderly residents across Hastings & Rye.

That is why I am delighted that Liberal Democrats have thrown a crucial lifeline to Post Offices that will help keep the network strong, as well as supporting the disabled and elderly people who rely on the post office network.

I know from my own work in social care, and speaking to local people with a political hat on, that many rely on the post office: from collecting pensions and other benefits, to other crucial everyday personal finance activities.

The Post Office Card Account provides simple banking services for people without a traditional bank current account and has around 2.5 million users. It was due to expire in March 2015 but a £250m deal secured by Liberal Democrat pension minister Steve Webb means it will now last until 2022 at the latest.

I know that this news will be welcomed by readers across the constituency, and will also encourage sub-postmasters to keep post offices open. The increased footfall from providing these services helps generate income for their businesses, and I hope will help ensure that our local Post Office network stays strong for years to come.

Yours truly,

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