Ogmore MP Chris Elmore met with the Post Office last week to discuss the implications of their latest five-year strategy on his Ogmore constituency.
The strategy includes increasing turnaround and growth in the UK and connecting customers, companies, and countries as well as expanding outside the UK and developing a more parcel-led business.
The Post Office remains a vital service for many people, particularly those living in rural communities. In recent years however, the Post Office presence in many towns and villages has begun to recede. Many Post Offices also now provide banking services, as high street bank branches continue to close across the UK.
Last October Barclays Bank were forced to reverse their decision to end access to cash for their customers via the Post Office after a furious backlash led by Chris. He has since been continuing to campaign for improved post office and banking services across his constituency and beyond.
Speaking after the meeting, Chris Elmore MP said:
“It’s been really positive to meet with the Post Office today. Post Office services are vital to our communities and I’ll be continuing to work with local residents to ensure we secure sustainable, local services long into the future.
“We’ve seen banks and Post Offices leaving our high streets and the pace of change has been far too quick. Not everyone is online and people must not be left high and dry.”
Chris also discussed the ‘Blues Programme’ led by Action for Children and funded by the Post Office which actively engages children and teenagers suffering from, or at risk of developing, a mental health condition. 55 people in Chris’ Ogmore constituency alone have been supported by the scheme.
“We are getting better at fighting the stigma which all-too-often surrounds mental health but we still have much more to do. It’s great to see the Post Office supporting people across Ogmore through the Blues Programme and I hope many more young people have the opportunity to get involved.”