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Delay of Royal Mail announcement

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It has been claimed that ministers are delaying an announcement that could lead to the closure of thousands of post offices until after a vital by-election. Will the Royal Mail be allowed to keep the contract to handle the payment of pensions and benefits to claimants' bank accounts? George Thomson, general secretary of the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters, says the decision could be devastating for Britain's post offices.

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