Postal services in villages receive boost from £20m fund

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POSTAL services in villages and remote communities could be improved following the announcement of a £20m Community Branch Fund.

The money will be used to improve branches in smaller communities.

The funding will also be used to boost basic banking services at Post Office branches.

Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells said: ‘The Post Office sits at the heart of thousands of communities across the UK.

‘We are starting to undergo the biggest transformation in our 370-year history.

‘Customers are already seeing modernised branches with longer opening hours and developments such as Post and Go which are reducing waiting times, plus new products such current accounts and mortgages.’

There are around 3,400 villages in the UK where the Post Office is the last or only shop left.

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