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There is apparently a review of the rules that have so far protected PO branches which are outlined in an Entrustment Letter dated 23 January 2015. These currently ensure that 95% of people are within 3 miles of their nearest branch.

The consultation, which closes next week (21 December), questions whether the criterion remains relevant and asks if alternatives should be considered.

The government provides a £80m a year subsidy for branches until 2018 and there are concerns that this is the first step towards cutting the subsidy, which could then lead to closures in the 3000 remaining rural POs.

The link to the document, which is 17 pages long, is below. Responses may be done on line or by post.'

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/post-office-network
Post Office network consultation — Consultations — GOV.UK
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