The annual ACS Community Barometer is out this week and highlights Post Offices are still the most valued community service overall, looking across five different issues. This shows our network takes joint first place alongside convenience stores, showing that the partnership between Post Offices and convenience stores is still a winning combination for local communities. The report is published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).
The impact of the pandemic is clear in this year’s report and shows how important Post Offices have been in supporting communities with essential services over the last 18 months. Post Office are seen as one of the top three most essential services with pharmacies and convenience stores.
Amanda Jones has commented in the media, saying: “I welcome the findings from this report which reflect what we have seen over the past 18 months of the pandemic. Many people have relied on their local convenience store for food shopping or home deliveries, as well as, the Post Office services that can be found in thousands of convenience stores across the country. So many people have been impacted by the pandemic and we’re aware of the important role Post Offices play in helping to combat loneliness in particular. We’re proud of Postmasters who serve millions of customers ever week. For some people this may be their only face-to-face interaction with another person. Postmasters will continue to be at the heart of their local community making sure people have access to important services.”
For the first time, the ACS have measured the impact on house prices of difference local services, Post Offices come out on top, this shows that your branches are the number one factor in driving demand for houses and helping people secure a good price for their home. With March 2021 seeing more house sales than ever before in the UK and June set to be another record-breaking month, Post Office services should be in high demand for relocating families.
Read the full report here, https://www.acs.org.uk/news/community-barometer-people-need-their-local-shop-more-ever