Local Post Offices received a boost today as the Government awarded the contract for the Post Office Card Account (POCA) service to the Post Office.
The news will be very warmly received by post offices in Barbara Keeley’s Worsley constituency, who rely on business from local people picking up their pensions or benefits through the Post Office Card.
Welcoming the news, Barbara thanked local people who wrote to her on the issue:
“This is great news for the 7,740 people in my constituency who choose to access their benefits at the Post Office every week and want to continue to do so. I recently met with James Purnell to discuss the important to the Post Office of the card account contract and I am delighted that the Government has listened to what I and other MPs have been saying on behalf of local people.
"I would like to thank everyone who has stood up for local post offices and written to me on this very important issue. This is the right decision for people in Worsley constituency.”
The Government announced in December 2006 that there would be a successor to POCA and put that product out to tender. However, in order to support a viable Post Office network the Government have decided to cancel the current procurement exercise.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell, paid tribute to Barbara and other Labour MPs for campaigning on this issue:
“I applaud Barbara and other Labour MPs for standing up for their constituents and for local post offices. Post offices are important to local communities and this decision provides real help for these local businesses and their customers in tough times.”