MP criticises cuts to budget and Royal Mail proposals

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Angus MP Mike Weir has criticised Westminster’s latest proposals for Royal Mail and also budget cuts.

Mr Weir is concerned about the privatisation of the remaining 30 per cent of the postal service as well as proposed efficiency savings totalling £170 million.

He stated: “The Chancellor’s moves are very bad news for Scotland and the public services which are so important to the people of Angus. These cuts will inflict significant difficulties on the Scottish budget, which has already been set for the year and also raises huge worries as to what the Chancellor has in mind for his “emergency” budget in early July.”

He continued: “Last year the National Audit Office concluded the sale of Royal Mail was rushed at the expense of value for money, but now the Tories are just carrying on regardless.

“The government’s decision to privatise the remainder of Royal Mail poses real danger to the postal service, and in particular, the universal service obligation which is of huge importance to Scotland.

“A privatised postal service in a competitive market will undoubtedly put pressure on government to reduce the terms of the Universal Service Obligation, as its competitors cherry pick the profitable urban routes leading to a reduced service in rural and less affluent areas. It threatens to have particularly harmful consequences for Scotland, where so many of our rural communities and so much of our rural economy rely on the Royal Mail service.”