Business Secretary Vince Cable has criticised Royal Mail bosses for “scaremongering” by indicating universal service may be under threat.
He said he felt it was "wrong" of chief executive Moya Greene to suggest it is.
He said a lot of people “depend” on the Royal Mail and the regular delivery it provides, particularly in remote areas, and he said they should not be made to feel insecure.
I think it’s wrong to scare the public.
The universal service obligation is absolutely clear, it’s protected in law by Parliament, it’s not going to change.
I think a bit of scaremongering is going on and it’s not healthy.
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