Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

24/06/08 Rosie lobbies minister over Post Office Card Account

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has written to Post Office Minister Pat McFadden over changes to the Post Office Card Account(POCA).

The Post Office

Rosie has been contacted by hundreds of residents in relation to the process currently underway to choose who will run the successor to the POCA from 2010 onwards.

The present contract ends in March 2010 and the Government has decided that there will be a new replacement service after this date.

The Government has a legal obligation to tender competitively for this in order to ensure that best value for money for the taxpayer is achieved. That process is now well underway and a decision will be made on this later this year.

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, said: “Ministers are bound by strict rules to ensure that the bidding process is fair and that taxpayers’ interests are protected. However, the Post Office have made it clear that they have put in a strong bid for the new account which uses their post offices.

“The Government has also reassured MPs that they remain committed to allowing people to access their pension and benefit in cash at the post office if they choose to do so.

“I strongly believe that Post Offices are important to local communities. That is why I fought tooth and nail to save the Newburgh branch just a few months ago.

“I can assure everyone that I will keep working with Ministers to ensure local people have access to post offices.”

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