Dan has said that rural communities could suffer if the legal requirement for Royal Mail to deliver mail anywhere in the country six says a week at an affordable price is scrapped.
The Postal Services Act 2011 requires Royal Mail to deliver mail to every address in the UK at least once a day Monday – Saturday, collect letters at least once per day Monday – Saturday, and to offer services at an affordable, uniform rate across to both rural and urban addresses across the UK.
Dan's comments came after Royal Mail’s Chief Executive Moya Greene said on Wednesday (19th November) that the company’s ability to deliver letters to all parts of the UK six days a week for the same price was under threat from rival companies that can choose to deliver just to more profitable urban areas.
Dan believes that any change in the law to weaken Royal Mail’s ‘universal service obligation’ to deliver to both rural and urban addresses six days a week at the same price could have a negative impact on the local economy in North Cornwall.
Dan said: “The universal postal service - delivering mail six days a week across the whole country for the same price - is vital for Britain's economy and communities, particularly in rural areas like Cornwall.
“Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government have changed the law to make sure that it is a legal requirement that Royal Mail deliver mail six days a week across the whole country for the same price. Any changes to this ‘universal obligation’ could be disastrous for North Cornwall’s communities, businesses and local economy if it meant that people had to pay more to post items to rural areas and received deliveries less often.”