Update on the situation regarding Kings Heath Post Office

May 2013

A few constituents have contacted me to ask about the plans the Post Office has to close the Post Office in Kings Heath and ask a local business to take on responsibility for providing a post office service in the area.

The Post Office currently claim that they are losing £40 million per year on Crown post offices (the branches owned and run directly by the Post Office) which they say is a bad deal for the taxpayer; whilst the government is pressing them to cut these losses although the Post Office overall has made £81 million profit this year. The Crown branches also transact around 40% of Post Office financial services.

The Post Office claim that the lease on the present building (on Alcester Road South) is owned by London-based landlords and that it is up for renewal, but they cannot guarantee this renewal at an affordable rent.

Since February I have been in contact with, and met with, senior officials from both the Post Office and the CWU to discuss the proposals in more detail. Local Brandwood ward councillors (the ward in which Kings Heath Post Office is based) have also conducted a postal survey to collect the views of local residents.

I’m not against change and I do recognise that in the changing world of communications, the Post Office needs to change like any other business; but before any changes are implemented it will be important to answer some crucial questions and seek some guarantees.

Can they guarantee the full range of existing services from an easily accessible location on Kings Heath High Street? Can they guarantee that there will be no compulsory redundancies? Can they indicate, at the earliest opportunity, the level and duration of subsidy made available to any business taking on the services and how this compares to current and projected losses?

Supplementing the work of Brandwood ward councillors; Labour councillors in Kings Heath and Moseley have organised a petition to protest about the proposed changes.

I want to make sure that the Post Office is clear about the views of customers who are also my constituents and who will be affected by the proposals. Kings Heath is a busy Post Office serving a number of communities and we must ensure that vital services are maintained.

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