Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision to award the new contract for the POCA service to the Post Office.
The Government has decided to award a new contract for the continuation of POCA directly to the Post Office. This announcement is good news for the Post Office as the card account is an important source of income and brings customers through the doors of post offices across the country. The National Federation of Sub Post Masters had said that without POCA 3,000 Post Offices would close.
The Government announced in December 2006 that there would be a successor to POCA and put that product out to tender. However, in order to support a viable Post Office network the Government has decided to cancel the current procurement exercise.
The Post Office Card Account is a very straightforward account specifically designed to pay benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and Inland Revenue tax credits. About four million people receive their benefits and pensions this way, including around two million pensioners.
David Hanson said:
“I welcome this decision which is great news for the Post Office network here in Flintshire.
“I want to praise the hundreds of people in Delyn that have written to me on this issue, pressing for the contract to remain with the Post Office.
“Within the current financial environment, people are feeling worried about their finances. Post Offices are often the only providers of banking services in local areas so this vote of confidence in the post office is very welcome.
“I now want to work with the Government and the Post Office to ensure that the Post Office Network remains on a strong and stable setting for years to come.”