Countryside shocked by Royal Mail threat to end Universal Service Obligation

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has said the threat from the Chief Executive of Royal Mail to end its obligation to deliver and collect post six days a week would cause serious harm to those who live and work in the countryside.

CLA President Henry Robinson said: “The daily post is, and must remain, an intrinsic part of rural life. Without it, rural services, which are already under significant strain, will be seriously undermined.

“Any suggestion that Royal Mail is seeking to amend, or possibly abolish the Universal Service Obligation (USO) in the future, is a serious threat to everyone living and working in the countryside.”

Mr Robinson added that he will be writing to Ofcom calling for them to seriously consider the extension of USO to other operators in the postal market.

He said: “We recognise that a company like Royal Mail must seek to generate profit. However, this has to be addressed through achieving fair competition not removing a vital service from rural consumers.”

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