Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has shown his support for Post Offices in Denton and Reddish, after attending a Parliamentary event in Westminster to find out how local branches are providing vital services to the community.
The event, held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 18th October, showcased Post Office products and services to MPs from across the country, particularly highlighting the access that branches provide to banking services and household bill payments.
Bank branch closures can have a real impact on a community, so Post Office branches – including those in Denton and Reddish – have an important role to play in offering both personal and business everyday banking services to communities. This means that millions of individuals and small businesses can withdraw and deposit cash, pay in cheques, and check their balance. And with people keen to pay in their old ‘round’ pound coins now they are no longer legal tender, they are able to deposit any coins they still have into their usual bank account at their nearest Post Office.
In addition, constituents across Tameside and Stockport can also pay their bills at their local Post Offices, along with a range of other services, from mails to foreign currency. And of particular use to small businesses is Drop & Go at Post Offices, a pre-paid mail service which makes it speedier for small business customers to drop off their online orders, products and samples and post them to their customers across the UK and around the world.
These services, all available locally, are particularly important for those without easy access to transport, or those who are elderly or vulnerable in the community; with around 93 per cent of people in the UK living within just one mile of their nearest Post Office, they always have what they need close by.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The event has proved really useful in highlighting just what an important role our Post Offices play; they are vital hubs in their local communities.
“That is certainly true in and around the community, where people often tell me how much they value the essential services that the Post Office provides, from mails to banking.
“I am proud that our Post Offices continue to give my constituents community access to important amenities they value close to their doorsteps.”