Reprieve for closed Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton post offices?

PUBLISHED: 14:36 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH and Budleigh Salterton sub-post offices – recently forced to close in a bid to save cash – could be offered a reprieve because of a government U-turn.

EXMOUTH and Budleigh Salterton sub-post offices - recently forced to close in a bid to save cash - could be offered a reprieve because of a government U-turn.

East Devon MP Hugo Swire was 'deeply' disappointed when St Andrew's Road PO, Exmouth, and Greenway Lane PO, Budleigh Salterton, had to close in September as part of a swathe of closures by the Post office.

This week he asked in the House of Commons that some of the closed post offices be granted a reprieve. His call followed a statement on the post office card account by James Purnell MP, the secretary of state for work and pensions.

In the commons, Mr Purnell told MPs the government had decided to award a new contract for the continuation of the post office card account directly to Post Office Ltd.

Hugo Swire said: "The most important aspect of the secretary of state's statement was about protecting vulnerable groups by preserving a viable post office network. That represents a change in government thinking and is a welcome response to the poverty of imagination that has surrounded the future of that network.

"Given that the secretary of state now recognises the vulnerability of many-especially the elderly-in these changed financial circumstances, is it not time to revisit the recent round of closures and allow some post offices that have been closed by the government to make a new case?

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