Post Office has potential to become Front Office for Government
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Issued Date: 23 Mar 2009
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today welcomed the news that
the Post Office has signed a five-year contract to support DVLA in
issuing millions of motorists with photographic driving licences using
new, world class technology.
Lord Mandelson said:
"I am passionate about the Post Office and strongly believe
that if the right steps are taken there is a positive future for the
network. But nostalgia is not a currency that will enable the Post
Office to thrive.
"It must innovate, look to future and identify new
opportunities and new ways of doing business. That's why I welcome the
contract the Post Office has signed with DVLA.
"Today's announcement will enable a large number of Post
Offices to act as a one-stop-shop for drivers to renew photographs on
"The Post Office's trusted brand, unrivalled network,
experienced staff and the new technology being purchased for the
contract put the company in an excellent position to bid for other
work. It can turn itself into a real front office for Government."
The decision to award this contract to the Post Office further
demonstrates this Government's continuing commitment to the Post Office
The Government is providing up to £1.7bn of funding to the
Post Office, including £150m a year to help support a network of around
11,500 branches to 2011. It has made it clear that it will continue to
support the non-commercial network beyond this date.
In November the Government announced that it would renew the
contract for the Post Office card account. The account is used by four
million people including two million pensioners. It brings millions of
people into Post Offices and benefits the retail side of branches up
and down the country.
The new Government sponsored Savings Gateway is designed to
help people on low incomes save. It will be available through Post
Offices who are well placed to deliver this service.
The Government's Postal Services Bill is currently at
committee stage in the House of Lords. It reinforces the commitment
that the Post Office will remain in public ownership in its entirety.
The Bill will also enshrine in law measures to protect the
six-day-a-week, one-price-goes-anywhere 'universal postal service'.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-03-25 17:26:28 in Business Articles