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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00388

Post Office Closures

Submitted by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Fairlie, Joe FitzPatrick, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Carol Mochan, Willie Rennie, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Collette Stevenson, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield, Beatrice Wishart
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament is deeply concerned by the latest round of post office closures; understands that this will see 31 Spar stores across Scotland, including nine across the Mid Scotland and Fife parliamentary region, close their post office counters over the next six months; is deeply disappointed that the operator, CJ Lang & Son, has said that, after 18 months of negotiations, the choice to close the counters has been "carefully considered" and was due to "industry-wide pressures"; believes that post offices offer a vital service for communities, including by providing a place for people to pay their bills, collect benefits, drop off their parcels and buy stamps; understands that around 17 million customers across the UK, including a third of all small businesses, visit a post office every week; believes that the number of post offices has almost halved across the UK since the early 1980s, and notes the view that communities cannot be left stranded without access to the essential services provided by post offices.