Update: Monday 16th November
According to Royal Mail the problems in Didcot are also caused by staff shortages, although they say they are delivering to one half of Didcot one day and the other half the next day and everyone should be getting a delivery at least 3 times a week. I do not think this has been happening, and have agreed with Royal Mail I will share postcodes of constituents where it is not.
Therefore if you haven't already written to me about this, please email me if you are not getting a delivery at least every other day and you are happy for me to give your postcode to Royal Mail for them to investigate further: firstname.lastname@example.org
More broadly there are 12 more staff about to start and they aim to be back up to 6 days a week delivery by 30th November.
As I said on Friday, I realise how frustrating this is, particularly at this time of year and when we are restricted in being able to see our families face to face.
Friday 13th November
A number of constituents have written to me about delays with their post or it simply not arriving at all in the Wallingford and Didcot areas.
I have written to Royal Mail several times - last month and this month - to raise this issue. They have told me that in Wallingford the issue was largely caused by staff absence reaching 50% at one point, but this is now 1% and Wallingford residents should now have seen an improvement. In the Didcot area, Royal Mail are investigating the cause of the problem and said they will come back to me.
I know how frustrating this is and that we are approaching the worst time of year for this to be happening so I will chase Royal Mail today.
If you live in a different part of the constituency and are having any issues please email me and let me know email@example.com