The Strangford MLA said: “I strongly welcome this decision from James Purnell. It’s good news for those who have existing accounts and will provide them with much reassurance. It will also provide income to sub-Post Offices and underpin their viability.
“I also note the recent call from Lord Mandelson on adding functions to Post Offices in light of the banking crisis. The good reputation of the Post Office can play a role in reassuring the public during these difficult financial times.
“I hope that Northern Ireland Ministers will participate in this drive, so that we can maintain the valuable partnership between government agencies and local businesses.”