Assessing impact of post office closures

The uncertain fate of some of north Norfolk's rural post offices is to be examined by councillors concerned that their loss would affect the area's ageing population.

The uncertain fate of some of north Norfolk's rural post offices is to be examined by councillors concerned that their loss would affect the area's ageing population.

It is feared that some post offices will be forced to shut because the government is ending subsidies to branch-es through its annual £110m network payment scheme from next March.

North Norfolk District Council is now conducting a review into how any closures would affect communities in the region, many of which rely on their post office as a social hub.

Although the council is powerless to stop any braches from closing, it will lobby the government to try and make sure as many of the region's rural post offices stay open.

The council's scrutiny committee will decide how to draft a response to the plans at a meeting on Wednesday.

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