Hain calls on local community to help save future of Cilmaengwyn Post Office

Local MP Peter Hain has called on Cilmaengwyn residents to help save the future of the local Post Office after being informed it would close temporarily on 5th August. The postmaster has decided to finish and now Post Office Limited are looking for a new postmaster and new premises. If a new postmaster and premises cannot be found Mr Hain has received assurances that an outreach service will be provided.

Urging resident to help find an alternative Mr Hain said, ‘Our local Post Office branches provide essential facilities that many people rely on for collecting their pensions, paying their bills or picking up stamps. So it is vital that a service is maintained in Cilmaengwyn. If anyone is interested in taking over the business or has a suggestion that could maintain the provision in Cilmaengwyn then get in touch with Post Office Limited. The Post Office is a hub of the community and it’s important it is not lost.’

To submit your views to the consultation you can write to FREEPOST Your Comment, email comments@postoffice.co.uk or visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/liveconsultation.php

 

HAIN SAYS “MORE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR ROYAL MAIL”

Speaking yesterday in the chamber of the House of Commons, MP for Neath Peter Hain defended the Royal Mail and its Universal Postal Service Obligation.

The long-time MP who is stepping down from his role next year argued that the Royal Mail faces unfair competition within its market because others providers were able to cherry pick where they delivered in order to protect their costs.

The former Secretary of State for Wales said: “I was privileged to work for the Union of Post Office Workers—as it was called in the 1970s—for 14 years, into its new incarnation, before I was elected to this House.”

“What has always worried me greatly about the competition regime around the Royal Mail is that it is not a level playing field.”

“The Royal Mail’s competitors are not treated in the same way as the Royal Mail. I believe that poses a great danger to the universal service obligation. It does not pose a danger to its existence, which has been provided for in statute under this Government, as has been pointed out—I am not arguing that—although the universal service obligation is not defined.”

You can read Peter’s contribution here

http://peterhain.org.uk/peter-in-parliament/questions/backbench-business/universal-postal-service/

 

Universal Postal Service

Today in Parliament MPs debated the following motion on the Royal Mail,

“That this House believes that the Universal Service Obligation as set out in the Postal Services Act 2011 is under threat from unfair competition from organisations which are rapidly expanding end-to-end delivery services in low-cost, high-density urban areas while leaving high-cost, low-density rural areas to be covered by Royal Mail, the universal service provider; and calls on the Government to instruct Ofcom to bring forward proposals to protect the Universal Service Obligation and the commercial viability of Royal Mail against this threat.”

Read Peter’s contribution here

Changes to Caewern Post Office – Have Your Say

Possible changes to the Post Office in Caewern are in the pipeline and Neath MP Peter Hain is calling on locals to have their say. A consultation is currently under way over proposals to convert the local branch to a new local style branch, which will see Post Office services offered from the two tills on the retail counter instead of the separate open plan counters and the branch will be open for longer

The proposals are currently out to consultation which will end on 21st May 2014 with the proposed changes set to take place in June 2014 subject to the consultation.

Calling on residents to make their views known by taking part in the consultation Mr Hain said, ‘Maintaining this essential Post Office service in Caewen is crucial as it is a vital part of the community. Many people rely on it for collecting their pension, paying their bills or picking up stamps. So it is vital that residents contribute to the consultation to ensure the best outcome is achieved. Are there advantages or disadvantages to the changes? How will the changes affect accessibility and service delivery? These are all points that need to be addressed.’

To submit your views to the consultation you can write to FREEPOST Your Comment, email comments@postoffice.co.uk or visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/liveconsultation.php

Have your say on future of Gwaun Cae Gurwen Post Office Urges Hain

Residents of Gwaun Cae Gurwen have been urged by Neath MP Peter Hain to have their say on the location of the local Post Office. A consultation is currently under way over proposals to move the local branch from 38 Heol Cae Gurwen to C K’s supermarket with the branch changing to a new local style branch.

The proposals are currently out to six week consultation which will end on 28th May 2014 with the proposed changes set to take place in July 2014 subject to the consultation.

The new branch model will see services offered from a till on the retail counter and longer opening hours.

Calling on residents to make their views known by taking part in the consultation Mr Hain said, ‘Maintaining the Post Office in Gwaun Cae Gurwen is essential as many people rely on it for collecting their pension, paying their bills or picking up stamps. So it is vital that residents contribute to the consultation to ensure the best outcome is achieved. Is this the only way to maintain the Post Office? Are there advantages or disadvantages in co-locating with the store? How suitable are the new premises? These are all points that need to be addressed.’

To submit your views to the consultation you can write to FREEPOST Your Comment, email comments@postoffice.co.uk or visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/liveconsultation.php