Eilidh Whiteford


Local MP Welcomes Post Office Contract Award

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Department of Transport has awarded the Post Office an important framework contract to provide services on behalf of the DVLA.  It has also been named by the Department for Work and Pensions as a provider for its new framework contract to offer identity assurance services.

The decision to award theses contracts come on the back of a huge public campaign to retain the DVLA contract with the Post Office.

Commenting on the decision, Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford, said:

“These announcements are fantastic news for our local communities and will go some way to securing the future viability of the Post Office.  Many of the Post Office key services have been stripped back over recent years and this has been deeply worrying to those of us in rural communities, who count on the Post Office to deliver an appropriate level of service.

“Both of these announcements highlight the ability of the Post Office to compete with other providers, but they are also testament to the strength of public feeling to retain and build on these key services.  The SNP has continually highlighted that the Post Office – as well as being a viable business – is often the focal point in our communities, providing rural folk with the resources and services they require.

“I have received hundreds of campaign cards from across Banff & Buchan by folk worried that further loss to Post Office services would be the death knell of our local offices, as well as the communities which serve them. I am very happy that this shadow has now been lifted and that, for once, sense has prevailed.”

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