The Fletchers need to abide with The Data Protection Act 1998 because they will be hiring staff and confidentiality is required in the nature of the job. Such details will be kept on file for example bank details, address and national insurance number.
The post office will also have to comply with the Health and Safety Act as they are a business with employees (the Fletchers’) and need to make sure that they know what is required of the health and safety act to be able to continue trading safely.
One in four high street banks are trying to boost trade for struggling post offices. The Royal Bank of Scotland has stated it is allocating one hundred of the three hundred free to use cash machines invented for the UK’s poorest communities into post offices.
A petition has been called on the government to take urgent action to safeguard post offices. Currently a four-million-name petition is being handed into the government and the National Federation of Sub-postmasters, who are holding a meeting in London. The main problem or the subject on the agenda is the lost of income that is threatening the post office network’s future. To be precise the post office network is losing £200 million a year.
On the other hand the government is widely expected to require some closures as part of a subsidy renewal agreement. The number of post offices has fallen from 18,393 in 1999 to 14,376 in 2005, according to “Post-watch” (the postal services watchdog).
From the economic point of view, the post office could have a good impact on the local economy of the village. This can be supported by the fact that there are no other stores in that village. The next nearest store is 20 miles away and therefore those people who live there have to buy some of their essentials from their local post office/shop. This is an advantage for the shop as the locals and any tourists do not have top go far to stock up on essential items.