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Post office numbers

Published Monday, January 8, 2018

As of March 2017 there were 11,659 post offices in the Post Office network. The number of post office braches has remained relatively stable since around 2009. Over the longer term (since the early 1980s) the number of post offices has almost halved.

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This note provides a breakdown of the network size over the period as well as a breakdown of post offices by type and by region.

Post Office Ltd, which owns and runs the Post Office Network, was separated from Royal Mail Group Ltd on 1 April 2012. In return for a package of Government funding for transformation and modernisation, the Post Office has committed to investing in the network, and maintaining around 11,500 branches. Further details about Post Office Ltd are given in the Library Note The Post Office.

Further details about Post Office Ltd are given in the Library Note The Post Office.

Further information on post offices in each constituency

A full list of Post offices by constituency has been made available to the Library by the Post Office Ltd, since 2002. These lists are copyrighted to the Post Office and for that reason the Library is only able to provide them to Members and their staff.

A table with the numbers of post offices by constituency Post offices by constituency is available via the Parliamentary intranet only.

Commons Briefing papers SN02585

Authors: Jennifer Brown; Lorna Booth; Lorna Booth; Jennifer Brown

Topic: Postal services

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