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Road tax changes are ‘another nail in the coffin’ of community post offices, says postmaster’s daughter

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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GOVERNMENT plans to scrap tax discs are ‘another nail in the coffin’ of community post offices, the daughter of a Burton postmaster has said.

Asimah Allam, whose father Nek Allam runs Stapenhill Post Office, also accused the Government of ‘broken promises’ after it was announced the discs would be scrapped in favour of an online system later this year.

Tax discs have been used since 1921 to show motorists have paid vehicle duty.

But Chancellor George Osborne revealed in his Autumn Statement that the DVLA no longer need them and police now use electronic registers.

Miss Allam, 33, whose family has run the business since 2005, said on the post office’s Twitter account: “How is taking away road tax building a future for post offices?

“Another nail in the coffin more like.”

She later told the Mail: “It’s frustrating and a difficult and worrying time for us and all post offices because they will be feeling the same as we are.

“Road tax is a big chunk of the business so if you take it away how do we carry on?”

The new system will allow motorists to pay their road tax online - which Miss Allam said some will find inconvenient.

She said: “People might be happy that it’s convenient to do it online but for others it will be an inconvenience.

“What about the people who don’t have computers and access to the internet?

“Road tax is a big service for us which we provide to people in Burton and South Derbyshire so it’s really going to affect people.”

Miss Allam added that people can still use post offices to pay their utility bills and insurance.

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