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Press release   •   Dec 05, 2016 09:32 GMT

Kevin Gilliland, Post Office network and sales director said:

“We have not received any formal notification of action from our unions and, should further action be taken, we can reassure our customers that at least 97% of our network will be open for business as usual, on hand to provide them with the essential services and support that they need.

“The Post Office plays a vital role in communities all over the UK and the changes we are making support our commitment to keeping Post Office services widely available into the future. Our progress is clear - over the last four years, we’ve dramatically reduced our losses and need for government subsidy, at the same time as modernising nearly 7000 post offices, adding more than 200,000 extra opening hours each week, and becoming the largest UK retailer open on a Sunday.

“We are disappointed that the unions are trying to unsettle customers as they prepare for Christmas, rather than engaging with us in talks to find a constructive way forward which will enable the Post Office to thrive for the long term.”

About the Post Office

Post Office Limited has an unrivalled national network of over 11,600 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of many communities across the country.

It provides around 170 different services and products spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards. Post Office also offers Government services, telephony, foreign currency, travel insurance and mail services.

99.7% of people live within three miles of their nearest Post Office outlet. For many rural communities the Post Office is the only retail outlet. Post Offices remain highly valued and trusted and are the focal point for many communities. For more information, visit