Government's Plans Are Dangerous

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28 Aug 2013

We all rely on the Royal Mail, from receiving that parcel we’ve ordered online to knowing that birthday card we’ve sent is going to arrive in time.

In many areas the local post office acts as a focal point for communities and there are thousands of pensioners in the Rother Valley who are reassured by seeing their regular postie every morning. There are also the small businesses that use the Royal Mail for ensuring customers get their goods and services on time, efficiently, reliably and at a reasonable price.
 
This is why the Government’s plans for privatising Royal Mail are so dangerous. The Prime Minister's plans reveal once again how he stands up for the wrong people. His Government wants to sell off Royal Mail on the cheap in order to plug a financial hole in the British economy caused by the Chancellor’s failed policies.
 
We all rely on a daily delivery service but places where it is expensive or complicated to deliver the post every day, such as in rural areas, could be vulnerable. Many of us might also find ourselves having to travel miles to pick up our large parcels as a privatised Royal Mail could choose to sell off its assets such as nearby delivery offices and local post offices that rely on the Royal Mail for much of their business could be under threat as they look to cut costs. 
 
The Prime Minister doesn’t need to do this. The Royal Mail made a £400 million profit last year but while we could all pay more for the cost of postage, there is a real risk this extra money will just line the pockets of private investors and not be invested back into the service. The taxpayer has already taken on the Royal Mail pension losses and the Government want the taxpayer to also give away the profit.


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