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MP Iain Duncan Smith proposes South Woodford Post Office turns into bank to stay open

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 October 2017

Iain Duncan Smith MP talking about the future of the South Woodford Post Office with Zaf Sarwar, Peter Meech and Clive Tickner

Iain Duncan Smith MP talking about the future of the South Woodford Post Office with Zaf Sarwar, Peter Meech and Clive Tickner

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MP Iain Duncan Smith has demanded the Post Office holds a “proper consultation” into closing the George Lane branch.

The Woodford Green MP has said he is “absolutely fed up” with the company’s conduct since it announced the South Woodford post office could close in January.

Speaking to the Recorder from George Lane Mr Duncan Smith said: “They have consulted on a merger, but not on the actual closure.”

The Tory MP also said he was in favour of proposals to significantly increase the banking options at the post office, and keep it viable in the long run.

“I’m going to organise an adjournment debate on this in Parliament, and speak to the minister,” the former work and pensions secretary explained.

The plans have been put forward by the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), and are backed by a report from the University of London – which explains the business case of the proposals.

“There are more than three million people across the country who don’t have a bank account, and we believe with the trusted brand of the Post Office we can persuade them to open one,” CWU territorial rep Peter Meech said.

“The report shows that by opening the Post Office as a bank we can not only survive but thrive.”

A Post Office spokeswoman responded: “Our intention in South Woodford is to provide the same Post Office services to the community in a convenient location, we’re really clear that this is not about closing the branch or reducing services.

“Currently, our customers can already use the Post Office to obtain virtually all the services typically available through a ‘bank’.”


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