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Threat to close London post offices sparks protest

Issue No. 2090

People protesting against post office closures in Muswell Hill, north London on Wednesday of last week. (Pic: Daisy Collins)

People protesting against post office closures in Muswell Hill, north London on Wednesday of last week. (Pic: Daisy Collins)


London has lost 30 percent of its post offices since 2004 when the government announced plans to make the service “more efficient”.

Now an extension of the plans could see that rise to 45 percent as another 169 post offices face closure.

Already more than 170 jobs in Crown offices have been lost and millions of people are being forced to travel longer distances to access a basic service.

Many of those who are most dependent on their local post office are among the most vulnerable in our society – like those without a bank account, the elderly, disabled and those with young children.

The government is half way through an exercise that will lead to the closure of more than 2,500 of Britain’s 14,000 post offices.


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