The Government recently announced that the Walworth Road Post Office might be franchised. This effectively means that our local Post Office is in the process of being auctioned off, and will soon be run by the highest bidder however poorly that might turn services and salaries.
I have a number of concerns about the consequences of this for our community. In particular, I want to ensure that it does not lead to poorer services and longer queues.
I’m also concerned about the workforce. Post Office average salaries are £21,000 per year but other franchises have only resulted in staff receiving the minimum wage. This is bad news for the local workforce – but also affects taxpayers overall, as it raises tax credit and housing benefit costs for example – an issue I’ve put directly to the Government at Westminster already.
I hope to meet representatives from the Post Office soon to push for the outcome that will best serve our area, including securing a pick up/collect service for missed local deliveries. If you have any particular concerns or issues regarding this that you would like to draw to my attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org