As a result of quite recent legislation, the guarantee for the Universal Delivery Service comes to an end in 2021. I reckon Britain was probably the first country to provide this magnificent service; and it has been very much part of our civilisation and culture. It is no longer guaranteed after 2021.

Now that the Royal Mail has been privatised, if the government does not insist on the continuance of Universal Delivery, we can be entirely sure that the unprofitable elements will be ended, for the sake of increasing profits to shareholders. It should also be guaranteed that the delivery should be to the house, and that we do not move to the American system of a possibly-distant post-box. The government should make it clear in advance that the almost-sacred Universal Delivery should continue in all circumstances.

Incidentally, this will be particularly important for a low-populated area such as Cumbria.

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