As ConservativeHome regulars I hope you will have had the opportunity to follow our campaign to safeguard the future of our postal network. After re-opening our first post office in September, and ahead of announcing more re-openings in the coming months, we've now published a pamphlet that we hope will take the debate on delivering these services in a new and exciting direction.
We have been hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm of so many local councils and were delighted recently to welcome many of them to a national conference where this pamphlet was launched. We are now urging the Government and our Conservative colleagues to read this pamphlet and act to safeguard the future of our postal services.
At its heart, 'Counter Measures' presents radical plans to split Post Office Ltd into two - Post Office Ltd's commercial assets and its community assets (the branch network).
In the 'Counter Measures' vision upper tier and unitary authorities would become custodians of the branch network – and therefore being divided from PO Ltd's commercial assets (its products e.g. broadband, ISAs etc). Councils would be free to shape the post office network to meet local needs - innovating with service co-location, contracts and commissioning arrangements to create appropriate incentives for local postmasters. Post Office Ltd would continue to market its products and win contracts, and post office branches would continue to sell Post Office Ltd products.