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Tories' Royal Mail privatisation hits elderly hard

As local borough councillors for Kempston Central & East ward, James Valentine and I have received many complaints from local residents, especially elderly people, that there are not enough post boxes in the area.

At the junction of Whitbread Avenue and Bedford Road, there used to be a post office. Since it closed the postbox has been sealed up. There are other postboxes in the area, but they are too far away for elderly people to walk to post their letters. I shall be trying to get this particular postbox reinstated or another installed in the area.

There are many elderly people who do not use the internet and e-mail, and they still reply on the postal service to pay bills, order goods, and write to friends and family. At a recent councillors' surgery at Sainsbury's in Kempston an elderly resident was very angry and upset that this Christmas she had been unable to post her Christmas cards and other letters.

Since the Conservative Party came to power, they have steadily privatised most of the valuable services people used to rely upon --- and at a scandalously cheap share price, in the case of the Royal Mail.

As a consequence, vulnerable people are having difficulties doing things in their day to day life as services they used to rely upon are being cut back.

Cllr Mohammed Nawaz

Borough Councillor for Kempston Central & East

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