Impact of post office closures on local communities

With the UK Budget approaching, now is the time for the UK Government to provide a multi-year subsidy for the Post Office so that Subpostmasters and communities, such as Inverclyde, have certainty and stability.

Closing Post Office branches can severely harm local communities, given many local businesses and the most vulnerable rely on it for access to cash and other services.

It’s important that the UK Government acts to create a healthy environment for the Post Office network so it can continue to provide a valuable contribution to our society.  This means providing the necessary funding and that Post Office Ltd agree to guarantee a minimum income for every Subpostmaster so their hard work pays off and running a Post Office becomes an attractive opportunity once again.

Greenock Telegraph 8th October 2021

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person? Whichever you are, two things are true. The content of the glass remains the same but your attitude towards it differs. Therefore, as in so many situations in life, it’s the attitude that matters. Half empty will be negative, lamenting the lack of a full glass and half full will be happy that they still have half a glass. That perplexes me, am I saying that a positive attitude means people are content with less? Do we need the constantly unhappy, negative, moaning, whinging pessimists of life to hold failure up to scrutiny? Those people that are constantly criticising, never seeing the good in anything or anyone? Of course not. Negativity doesn’t create solutions, it creates obstacles to progress. To progress we need to believe that we are capable of achieving and we need to rise to challenges. The glass half empty category inevitably sees the difficulty as someone else’s problem and by definition only ever sees the downside. When Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb, it didn’t happen overnight. He famously said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” These days he would be descended on by social media self- appointed experts telling him to give up. When we consider the times, we live in and the challenges we face, the ability to endure through adversity will be a key factor. We will emerge from Covid, we will establish a clean green renewable energy industry, a wellbeing economy and achieve net zero carbon. The alternative is to condemn ourselves to failure by default.