Citizens Advice responds to Ofcom's user needs review of the postal sector
Alistair Cromwell, Acting Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“Post is a vital public service and the Universal Service Obligation is the safety net that protects it for everyone. We must be cautious about making swift judgements about the long term during the pandemic. We don’t want to see the start of a slippery slope in reductions to the service.
“‘Rebalancing' can’t just be a byword for cuts, any rebalancing needs to make sure the safety net is strengthened. Right now we know that some services aren't affordable, and millions of people still struggle to get their post because they don't have a safe or secure address. There is still work to be done.
“Any decisions to change this key public service need to be made with proper scrutiny. We’re yet to see any proposal from Royal Mail on what a genuine rebalancing could look like.”
Citizens Advice is the consumer advocate for the postal sector.
Notes to editors
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