Post Office won't reveal Offwell's losses

PUBLISHED: 13:21 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

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POST Office Limited has responded to the Herald's Freedom of Information Act request for financial information about the viability of Offwell Post Office by directing us to documents already in the public domain.

POST Office Limited has responded to the Herald's Freedom of Information Act request for financial information about the viability of Offwell Post Office - by directing us to documents already in the public domain.The documents do not reveal the answer to our question (How much is Offwell Post Office losing or how much of a subsidy is required to keep it going?) and we have re-submitted the request with a note of complaint.The company says it is unable to provide the information requested, but suggests some post office branches may have costs that are "disproportionate to their size".It claims the average saving of closing such post office branches will be "around £18,000 a year".The response from Peter Johnson, the company's freedom of information officer, points out: "I am unable to provide you with the breakdowns you have requested."Post office supporters have less than one week left to state their case for the branch's retention.


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