The Chair of the All Party Group for Postal Issues has said action must be taken to help and support the valuable post office network across Northern Ireland.
The MLA for East Belfast has written to the First Minister and deputy First Minister and submitted a written question on the issue, stressing consideration must be given to introducing a Post Office Diversification Fund similar to the devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales.
Chris Lyttle MLA said: “Post Offices are at the heart of many town centres across Northern Ireland, providing a much needed valuable service for local communities.
“The Post Office network also plays a direct role in supporting small businesses and boosting the local economy, generating trade for neighbouring businesses by encouraging shoppers into the locality.
“As Chair of the All Party Group on Postal Issues I am dedicated to ensuring action is taken in supporting and securing the future of our local postal services. Some of the industry’s key figures addressed the group’s first meeting and it is essential all levels of government explore ways of providing more public services through the post office network.
“The group is urging the Executive explore the possibility of introducing a Post Office Diversification fund, similar to that available in the devolved administrations of Wales and Scotland, underpinning the financial security of individual post offices and helping them diversify into new business areas.
“Alliance is committed to protecting and enhancing our town centres and will fight to secure the essential post office service remains in place.”