PM’s Post Office plan is too late’

PUBLISHED: 17:21 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 16 August 2010

AN MP has said the Prime Minister s is doing too little too late to save the nation s post offices. Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill

AN MP has said the Prime Minister's is doing "too little too late" to save the nation's post offices.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill criticised Gordon Brown's pledge to save the the country's 11,500 post offices, claiming he should have taken action sooner.

On Tuesday, Mr Brown revealed plans to convert post offices into the 'People's Banks' that can offer current accounts, mortgages, savings and loans to small businesses claiming it would help the two million people that mainstream banks exclude.

He said: "I want the Post Office to step in to help hardworking families to save and access their money easily with banking for the people in our neighborhoods."

But Mr Neill, Shadow Minister for local government, said: "I have been calling on the government to allow the Post Office to provide a greater range of products and services since I was elected as MP for Bromley and Chislehurst.

"Labour ministers have had 12 years to fix the Post Office but have done nothing.

"In the last 18 months alone, 2,383 post offices have closed across the country, including our main post office on East Street and several sub post offices.

"Gordon Brown should have taken action much sooner to save livelihoods and ensure a decent service for customers in Bromley.

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