The government has announced plans to mutualise the Post Office, giving more say to subpostmasters, customers and communities on how the network is run.

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