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Mini post offices 'strain small businesses'

There are warnings that plans to replace rural Post Offices with counters in shops, petrol stations and pubs could be bad news for customers and small business.

Hundreds of branches are being replaced by what are called "Post Office Locals" within other businesses.

But the official watchdog Consumer Focus says there have been cases where the new-style offices have run out of cash to pay benefits and pensions.

The BBC's Maleen Saeed reports.