Post Office branches are relied upon by communities the length and breadth of the country.
That is why we have committed £1.34 billion of funding to the business and why there will be no closure programme under this Government. I want to make sure that the Post Office becomes a successful and secure business.
This consultation has shown that those who know the Post Office best - its staff, subpostmasters and consumers - have a clear interest in playing a greater role in how it operates.
A mutual Post Office would bring together the diverse interests of those who use, work for and run Post Office branches, with the shared purpose of running the business for the benefit of the public.
I am incredibly excited by the prospect of establishing a mutual Post Office.
* Nick Thornsby is Thursday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs here.