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Review of post office closures

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The council is examining the future of 21 post offices

Post offices which have been earmarked for closure may yet be saved under plans being looked at by Glasgow City Council.

It was announced in January that 21 post offices in the city would close.

"Innovative" options the council wants to explore include delivering services at places like libraries or taking over existing post offices.

Council leader Steven Purcell said he was "confident" that a solution would be found.

He added: ""We have to look at areas where there is a high concentration of elderly people, young families, or people without access to a car - local post offices are very important to them.

"I understand the financial pressures the network is under and I do not want to put any added burden on Glasgow taxpayers.

"That is why we have to be innovative about using existing council establishments and developing new co-location centres in the areas affected."

A total of 44 post offices in central Scotland and the west, plus 17 in the Highlands, face closure as part of UK-wide cutbacks.

The council's findings will be sent to the minister for postal affairs.

They will also be sent out for public consultation.

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