Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie,  has backed calls from SNP MPs at Westminster for the UK Government to ensure that the future of the Post Office network is secure.

The calls come as new figures reveal that Scotland is being hit hardest by Post Office closures. Of 1,016 temporarily closed branches in the UK, 134 are in Scotland, representing 13 per cent.

SNP MPs obtained an Adjournment Debate at Westminster last week on the matter, highlighting the rising importance of Post Offices to small towns and rural communities and renewed SNP calls for the UK Government to act to protect their future.

SNP MSP, Christina McKelvie, said:

“Local Post Offices have become increasingly important to local communities around Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse - particularly for elderly people and those who benefit hugely from the face-to-face services that they provide. 

"They are both a symbol of our local community and a lifeline on everything from pensions and benefits to vital day-to-day banking services.

“In many communities around Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, the local Post Office is a rare space where a face-to-face service is available. For many who are lonely and isolated, that is an essential service in their lives. 

“It is now imperative that the UK Government steps in and acts to ensure that the Post Office, a publicly owned body, gets a fair deal.