"Since April, some of my constituents have been unable to collect their pension or benefits in cash at their local post offices. They have to have the money paid into a bank account, or to open a Post Office Card Account and then withdraw the cash. But the Government has made it too difficult for people to open these Post Office Accounts.
This new system will apply to everyone within the next two years. It will put local post offices under threat because some people will stop using their counter services and shopping there.
It will also make life more difficult for many of the most vulnerable in our local communities, and the arrangements for relations or friends to collect benefits for them are inadequate.
So far, almost 40% of those asked by the Government to move to the new system have not done so. It is not clear what is to become of them when their order books are withdrawn.
I believe it should be made easier to open a Post Office Card Account, and special arrangements should be in place to meet the needs of vulnerable people. This will be help keep our Post Offices open, as well as being more convenient for my constituents."