Sandra White MSP has welcomed news that sub-postmasters financial remuneration is to improve, following pressure from the SNP.
MP Gavin Newlands and SNP spokesperson for Small Business Marion Fellows MP have led calls in Westminster for these changes to strengthen the Post Office network.
At the National Union of Sub-postmasters Annual Conference, the Post Office Ltd announced that they will be raising the rates of payment that Sub-postmasters receive for taking personal and business banking deposits, representing a near three-fold increase on current rates. The changes have been welcomed by Sub-postmasters.
The SNP has highlighted the rising importance of Post Offices to small towns and rural communities, the overwhelming majority of which are run by Sub-postmasters. As bank branch numbers continue to fall, local Post Offices have become increasingly important to communities – particularly to the elderly and those with additional support needs because of the face-to-face banking services that they provide. This is on top of the role they play in services regarding post, advice, pensions, benefit administration and working as community spaces.
Commenting, Sandra White MSP said:
“I welcome these steps being taken forward by the Post Office, and commend my Westminster colleagues Gavin Newlands and Marion Fellows on their work in bringing focus on this issue.”
“Sub-Postmasters are based in our communities, providing vital support to local groups, businesses, and citizens – particularly the elderly. They play a massive role in daily life for so many, I am pleased that their call for fairer conditions has rightly been answered.”