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COSLA CONCERN AT POST OFFICE CLOSURES

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Implications of post office closures are accentuated in Scotland where there are more due to the population's distr...
Implications of post office closures are accentuated in Scotland where there are more due to the population's distribution, warns the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Trade secretary Alistair Darling announced last week that 2,500 post office closures across the UK may close by 2009.

'The implications of post office closures are particularly problematic for households that do not have access to a car or other means of transport especially in small rural and deprived urban areas of Scotland,' said a spokesman.

In addition, they will disadvantage social groups such as the elderly, the disabled, people on benefits and the low paid that require access to a key service in local communities.

'This is accentuated in Scotland, given there are proportionately more post offices here due to the distribution of the population.

'Cosla will continue to lobby strongly and ensure that the voice of our member councils is heard on this issue as post offices have a powerful intangible value, not only to sustain local communities, but also as informal social network exchanges where people can obtain information or advice about local services. We must seek to retain a post office network that is able to satisfy these needs.'

Councils could take over post offices

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