Government pledges to put post offices at heart of the community
A competition to put post offices at the heart of local communities has been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The competition will ask the public what projects they would like their local post office to start up such as providing digital access or mentoring business start-ups. Sub-postmasters across England will be able to apply for funding up to £10,000 to implement not-for-profit ideas.
Communities minister, Don Foster, said: ‘Post offices, just like pubs and local shops, are often at the heart of communities and I want to give them an even bigger role in bringing people together. This competition will reward people and post office branches that work together to put forward great ideas for ways to benefit the local community.’
The DCLG highlighted several already successful schemes such as post office in the Cotswolds that offers free internet access and one in the North East that combines internet access with a health centre and a nursery.
Members of the public have until 18 October to suggest projects to their local branch manager.