Labour’s Wales Office Minister, Wayne David MP, responding to today’s announcement that the Labour UK Government have awarded the contract for the Post Office Card Account (POCA) service to the Post Office said:
“This is excellent news for post offices and for the communities that they serve. The Governments in London and in Cardiff both fully recognise that post offices fulfil an important social purpose.
“With the financial crisis that started with the American banks now being felt here in Wales, people are feeling worried about their finances. Working with the Labour-led Assembly Government in Cardiff, we are committed to ensuring that people get through the downturn in a fair way. Post Offices are often the only providers of banking services in local areas, so this vote of confidence in the post office is very welcome.
“We can now look forward to a period where post offices can continue to modernise and provide a wide range of services right across Wales.”
Welsh Labour’s Deputy Minister for Regeneration Leighton Andrews AM added:
“I very much welcome the announcement that was made today by Labour’s Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell.
“The post office is a treasured and essential cornerstone of local communities and we have always recognised the social and community value of Post Offices.
“People just want to know they can get on with ordinary life in these extraordinary times. So I’m delighted that the Labour UK Government has been able to find a fair solution to a problem that’s been on a lot of people’s minds.
“The Labour-led Assembly Government will work with our colleagues in Westminster to ensure that we do all that we possibly can in the years ahead to support the Post Office network rights across Wales – which is seen as a safe, secure and reliable provider of services in our local communities.”Other news from Welsh Labour