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New Conservative Party chairman writes responds to NFSP DVLA petition.

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The National Federation of Subpostmasters has received a response from new Conservative party chairman Richard Holden MP regarding the petition to keep DVLA services in post offices.

DVLA Postoffice petirion

A petition with 100,000 signatures was presented to Downing Street by the NFSP earlier this month. Six million people use the Post Office network for accessing DVLA services each year and the NFSP is calling on government to reverse its decision to remove DVLA services from the network from the end of March next year.

Mr Holden wrote:

“In terms of DVLA services, an extension to the current contract with the Post Office Ltd has been agreed to ensure that DVLA services will be available at post offices until the end of March 2024.

“The DVLA wants its customers to be able to access its services as quickly and easily as possible and is considering the role that face-to-face counter services will play in the future, utilising cross-government agreements where possible.

“I can assure you the government recognises how important post offices are to communities and more than £2.5 billion in funding has been provided to support the Post Office network over the past 10 years, with a further £335 million between 2022 and 2025. This package includes funding of £50 million a year to ensure the viability of rural and community branches.

“However, Post Office Ltd is a commercial business operating at arm’s length from government. While the Department of Business and Trade sets the high-level parameters for the Post Office as set out in the Post Office Articles of Association, it is the Post Office’s Chief Executive, together with the Board of Directors who are responsible for running Post Office Ltd.’s day-to-day and taking commercial decisions.

“The Department for Business and Trade’s long-standing position is not to involve itself in Post Office’s commercial decisions. This is the position whether Post Office Ltd is negotiating with a private company or with another part of government.

The NFSP has extended the petition deadline to Monday 8 January. Please continue to share the online petition here. Offline petition forms can be found here.

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