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Hundreds of jobs face chop

HUNDREDS of jobs are in jeopardy after the government announced the closure of 74 crown post offices yesterday.

Franchises to run replacement facilities are expected to go to WH Smith, but the measure raised further fears for the future of Britain’s declining high streets.

Shadow postal services minister Gill Furniss said the announcement “risks a further 700 jobs and is another blow to our high streets.

“The government strategy of managed decline means services have suffered, affecting the most vulnerable in communities, who rely on their high street post office.

“There are serious questions about transparency, given the significant sums of public money used to finance the closure and franchising of the crown post office network.”

Ms Furniss pledged that a Labour government would end post office closures and give the public the opportunity to decide the future of their high streets.

In a statement, the Communication and Workers Union said: “We condemn news this morning that 74 crown offices are to be ‘franchised’ to WHSmith with the potential loss of up to 700 jobs. This is a massive slap in the face for our members.”

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