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Wishaw Press - - IN THE DARK -

Mother­well and Wishaw MP Mar­ion Fel­lows claims the Post Of­fice is fail­ing to use prof­its to prop­erly pay sub­post­mas­ters.

Post Of­fice pro f i t s in­creased from £13 mil­lion to £35 mil­lion for 2017/18, while payment to post­mas­ters and sub-post­mas­ters was cut by £17 mil­lion this year and £27 mil­lion last year.

When Wishaw Post Of­fice closed ear­lier this year, eight sub-post­mas­ters re­jected the chance to re-open the Main Street branch due to in­ad­e­quate pay.

Af­ter a re­cent meeting with sub-post­mas­ters from the area to dis­cuss pay and clos­ing branches, Mrs Fel­lows said: “Our hard- work­ing post­mas­ters are sub­si­dis­ing cor­po­rate prof­its and ex­ec­u­tive pay pack­ets while hun­dreds of branches across the UK are clos­ing be­cause those run­ning them are un­der­paid and un­der­val­ued.

“Com­mu­ni­ties are fac­ing a cri­sis caused by the Post Of­fice max­imis­ing prof­its at the ex­pense of post­mas­ters and the UK Govern­ment’s poor gov­er­nance.”

Fi g u r e s f rom t he Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sub­Post­mas­ters show that from March to Au­gust 2018, 66 per cent of the 425 tem­po­rary clo­sures of Post Of­fices were due to post­mas­ters re­sign­ing.

Mrs Fel­lows added: “Post­mas­ters can­not con­tinue to go on while rates are cuts and ser­vices re­moved.”

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