Bute residents back Post Office campaign, says MP

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More than five hundred Bute residents have contacted the UK government in support of attempts to bring more work to their local post office, according to the island’s MP Alan Reid.

Mr Reid told The Buteman that nine hundred postcards had been sent to him by constituents across Argyll and Bute calling on the Government to retain a DVLA contract which allows drivers to renew their car tax at their local post office - and 507 of those had come from residents on Bute.

At Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Reid asked David Cameron to ensure that the DVLA contract - which comes up for renewal soon - stays with the Port Office.

Mr Cameron made no firm commitment, pointing out that “the Government can make a limited amount of interference in such contracts”, but said he was “sure the Business Secretary will have been listening carefully” to Mr Reid’s points.

Speaking after Prime Minister’s Question Time, Mr Reid said, “The Post Office is the most convenient and secure place for people to renew their car tax if they do not have internet access or don’t want to pay out money on-line.

“The Government should recognise that people want to use the Post Office and so should renew the DVLA contract with the Post Office.”

On the level of support given to the campaign by Bute residents, Mr Reid said: “Mr and Mrs Harding in the Rothesay post office have clearly done an excellent job giving their customers the opportunity to express their support for retaining the DVLA contract at the Post Office.”