The proposals, which have gone out to consultation, set out options to move the Post Office from government ownership to a mutual model.
Announcing the plans at the Liberal Democrat party conference this week, postal affairs minister Ed Davey said: “The Post Office sits at the heart of our communities and I am determined to make sure that it becomes a successful and profitable business. With this in mind we want to explore how those with an interest in the Post Office could be given a real say in how it is run.
“The consultation, Building a Mutual Post Office, sets outs the different options for how we might enable subpostmasters, employees, post office customers and local communities to have a real stake in the future of the Post Office.”
The government believes the Post Office could be on a “clear path to mutualisation” by the end of this Parliament.
The plans follow a government-commissioned report, compiled by Co-operative UK, which explored options for Post Office mutualisation.
The consultation document can be found here