AN MP has welcomed the Government’s decision to launch a seven-week review into postmaster salaries.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron backed plans for the review after he recently made the case on the floor of the House of Commons for cash-strapped post offices in the area to receive the funding needed to provide banking services.

Back in April, 2,500 sub-postmasters warned they could close or downsize over the next 12 months.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP said post officers were important for rural communities.

“With more and more banks abandoning our high streets, the importance of our local rural post offices – especially for older people – has never been greater," he said.

“The fact the minister has waded in and launched a badly-needed review, with the aim of giving postmasters a fairer deal for the work they do, will hopefully end up being a big win for rural communities.”