A LEADING Tory Councillor has blamed the Government for the failure of Royal Mail delivery targets.
Across England, Scotland and Wales between April and June, just 17 of the 118 postcode areas were on target for delivering first class mail to outside their area.
That, said Clr Robert Light, explained why much of the mail sent into Kirklees was late.
Kirklees Council's Tory group leader said: "The Post Office is 100% owned by the Government and Whitehall sets the performance targets, hence, the Government cannot escape its ultimate responsibility for the state of the Royal Mail network."
Nationally, the Royal mail met none of its 15 performance targets.
Within Huddersfield, only 87.2% of mail sent to addresses outside the area reached the destination overnight between April and June.
That means that more than 1 in 10 letters are not delivered on time.
However, 95.6% of letters addressed within the postcode area did land next day.
Clr Light, who is also the Conservative Parliamentary spokesman for Batley and Spen, added: "In addition to many local post offices being under threat of closure, it is clear that the current state of the Royal Mail network is yet another public service failure by Labour."
For the three months to June, just 88.3% of first class letters were delivered the next day, against a target of 92.5%.
Royal Mail blamed service changes introduced earlier this year and said the situation had since improved.
In August, about 92% of first class post was delivered on time.