Dennis Robertson MSP welcomes a new report underlining the dramatic decline in government services delivered under the previous government, and calls on the coalition to fulfil the promise of making the network the ‘front-office’ of government.
The report reveals that, government services accounted for nearly half of all Post Office revenue in 2004/2005 but by 2009/2010 this had dropped to about one fifth.
Dennis Robertson said: “The Tory Lib-Dem Coalition at Westminster has promised to make the post office network the ‘front office of government’.
“The decision on the future of the £60 million a year DVLA contract is now a key test of that commitment. The UK Government in London must put its money where its mouth is.
“Despite coalition promises, there has been a steady paring of business, with the Department for Work and Pensions, for example, having awarded important contracts to other providers.
“If the DVLA contract is lost it will have a very serious impact on the future of local post offices.
“In rural Aberdeenshire, we are already in the position where many post offices cannot provide the existing DVLA service.
“It’s imperative that the government and post office look seriously at the ability to deliver these essential services.”