Stone will soon be without a Post Office.
The Government's continual cuts to commissions and subsidies paid to Post Office franchise owners is making running a Post Office unprofitable for many - leaving towns like Stone out in the cold.
Please sign this petition to raise awareness of this issue and ensure that our local MP and decision makers such as Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy take note of the plight of Stone.
We need a Post Office - no excuses.
NEWS RELEASE: Friday 5th January 2018
Women’s Group deliver Post Office petition
Stone Labour Party’s Women’s group is taking its fight to save the town’s postal services to the next level by delivering its petition to MPs and Royal Mail officials.
The group launched the petition at the end of November and between written and online versions have now collected more than 1,500 signatures.
The document will now be delivered by post to Sir Bill Cash MP, Greg Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Rebecca Long-Bailey MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and the Post Office themselves.
Speaking on the issue, Vice-Chair of the Women’s Group Sally Osborne-Town said: “Many who signed these petitions represent the vulnerable.
“The elderly, who often lack transport, not only depend on it for collecting pensions, benefits and stamps but also - now that the High Street has been reduced to only two banks- as a way of drawing cash, which many still prefer to use.
“In fact, the only people who claim to be unaffected by the upcoming closure are those with health, strength, independence and a good income. This highlights the stark inequality of the closure.”
A letter sent with the petition is requesting that Sir Bill Cash uses his influence as MP for Stone to put pressure on decision makers for the benefit of his constituents.