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Date published: 2006/12/09

The BBC says:

The closure of thousands of post offices looks set to be announced next week, with rural loss-making outlets likely to bear the brunt of the cuts.

The Royal Mail has told the government it could shut 10,000 outlets and still run a viable commercial service.

The Department of Trade and Industry said that scale of cuts was "not on the table" but the current size of the network was "unsustainable".
The post office network was 18,000-strong in 1999, but now stands at about 14,000.

The network is said to be making huge losses, and a current £150m-a-year subsidy for the rural network is due to be withdrawn in 2008.

Newspaper reports say the government will propose closing 2,500-3,000 post offices, which is about a fifth of the network.

Closures are likely to be phased in over several years.

Rural life is "unsustainable" in that it needs large subsidies in order to be sustained. (And not just with the post office.) If people who live in villages do not like losing all their services then they always have the option of moving into more densely populated areas. On the other hand, this is just the latest example of how the bean counters have taken over the world. Bean counters know the price of everything and the value of nothing. It is the same attitude which leads to road pricing and charging for university education. Hardly anything any more is deemed to be a socially provided service. Everything has to have a price put on it.

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