Calls to protect Royal Mail

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THE SNP has called upon the UK government to ensure that the Universal Service obligation is protected in their attempt to privatise Royal Mail.

Angus MP Mike Weir said current moves to introduce “end-to-end” service posed a real threat to the service which could be a disaster for many areas of Scotland.

SNP calls coincide with a report published by Citizens Advice Scotland last month, showing that people living in some remote and rural areas of Scotland are paying extra money to have goods bought online delivered to their homes – with many courier companies refusing to deliver to certain postcodes.

Mr Weir has lodged an Early Day Motion, supported by the Communications Workers Union, pointing out the dangers and calling for urgent action. The motion has won widespread support from many parties in the House of Commons.

Mr Weir said: “At present the Royal Mail is under an obligation to deliver mail at the same price in all areas of the UK six days a week. This is vital to many businesses, especially in rural areas, who do not have access to the special deals offered for bulk mail deliveries.”