BOLTON sub-postmasters have told their MP Sir David Crausby of their fears for their future.

Their concerns follow a survey by their national federation which found that 76 per cent earn less than the minimum wage and a fifth plan on closing, downsizing or selling their business in the next year.

Now the Bolton North-East Labour backbencher has signed an all-party Commons motion urging ministers to increase the range of everyday banking and government services offered at the Post Office.

Sir David said: “The local Post Office is at the heart of a community. Local businesses and residents depend on them and the whole area changes when this is lost. I’ve spoken to sub-postmasters across Bolton who are genuinely concerned about their future and we need action to ensure the viability of the Post Office network.”