Letters, Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Future is bright for the Royal Mail

IN response to claims that privatisation could wreck our postal service, I wanted to point out that in 2011, Parliament passed the Postal Services Act.

 It set a framework for private investment in Royal Mail.

 Private investment will still allow Royal Mail to continue to deliver a six-days-a-week service at a uniform price across the country. While we all now send fewer letters, the growth in online retailing has meant an increase in the number of parcels. We are in a strong position to meet this demand.

 We already have the largest UK delivery network and we are one of the most trusted companies in the UK. But we need to make significant investment to stay ahead of the competition.

 The UK Government’s financial position means that this investment must come from the private sector.

 Private investment will allow Royal Mail to grow our parcels business. This in turn will help us to continue to deliver the Universal Service.

 The Act sets out very clearly the requirements. They will continue to apply after any sale. These include an affordable tariff for postal services across the UK.

 Royal Mail has among the highest service specifications of any major European country. These would also apply were Royal Mail to be sold.

 The finances of Royal Mail have been transformed in recent years. We now make a good profit. That matters. It enables us to continue to provide a high quality rural postal service. There is a brighter future for Royal Mail and we are ready to deliver it.

Bob Storey

Royal Mail Delivery Director

Tyneside Mail Centre

Ludicrous idea

IAIN Duncan Smith says that rich pensioners should hand back their benefits including the fuel allowance if they don’t need it.

 I find this ludicrous,there are many rich pensioners on Wearside who have worked their socks off to enjoy retirement then they have to face one man’s idea that will throw a cat among the pigeons.

 I would certainly not want to hand any benefits back. Why should I? I earned the right to get them.

 The fact is that there are two types of pensioner in the country.

 There is the one who turns up at Sainsbury’s in a gleaming Jag while another arrives pushing a Tartan shopping trolley.

 The point is that both of these types have had the same chance in life, so why should the one who has probably taken out a private pension and invested in Premium Bonds or property suffer to help the economy.

Mick The Pen Brown

Bus reinstated

THE link between Silksworth and the Royal Hospital will be reinstated from June, 2.

 The new service will be the 99 and will provide an hourly link to the hospital, the seafront and Hylton Riverside Retail Park.

 This was the result of a community initiative, therefore we would like to thank the churches, the lovely staff and customers of Peary’s Newsagents, Carrick’s staff and customers and all the residents of Silksworth who signed the petition.

 Thank you everyone who also participated in the consultation. We are also very grateful to Go North East who listened to their customers.

Miss E Clark,