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Birmingham protest over Royal Mail privatisation

The Government announced its plans to privatise the postal service in July Credit: PA

Campaigners in Birmingham are protesting against the proposed privatisation of the Royal Mail today.

An event is being held at Handsworth library at lunchtime in protest of the plans.

A demo is being held in Handsworth in Birmingham later Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Government says the nationalised postal service needs the 'commercial freedom' of the private sector to be able to 'thrive.'

The move to float the company on the stock market was unveiled by business secretary Vince Cable last month.

If it goes ahead the Government would keep a 49% share.

The Communication Worker's Union, who have organised today's demo in Handsworth, says Ministers are 'deluded' over the potential sale.

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Christmas stamp design competition to be launched at Walsall school

Six Royal Mail Christmas stamps by Raymond Briggs Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Royal Mail will be at The Radleys Primary School in Walsall today to encourage children to submit designs for 2013's Christmas stamps.

It is only the third time since 1966 and 1981 that the official Christmas stamp has been designed by children.

The theme this year is 'What does the Christmas season mean to you?' and the competition is open to children aged 4-11.

As with all special stamps issued by the Royal Mail, the designs will have to be approved by the Queen.

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Royal Mail had warned residents about a possible delivery suspension

The Royal Mail have suspended the delivery of mail in two roads in Stoke-on-Trent.

They say they had raised their concerns to residents as the local authority state that the responsibility for the pavements laid with the residents.

They have released this statement:

"It is always a last resort if we decide to temporarily suspend deliveries in a particular location."

"In this particular case, we have temporarily suspended deliveries to addresses in Maryfield Walk and Rogerstone Avenue area of Penkhull, Stoke on Trent, because of the very poor state of the pavements in the area."

"We previously raised our concerns with residents about the safety risk posed, having been informed by the local authority that the maintenance of the pavements was the responsibility of the residents, but to date these haven’t been addressed."

"We carried out a further risk assessment last week and the paving clearly posed a safety risk. We have a duty of care to our postmen and women, we are not prepared to compromise on the safety of our colleagues."

"Their mail is currently being made available for them to collect from the delivery office in Stoke-on-Trent."

– Val Bodden, Royal Mail spokesperson

Postmen banned from homes due to safety risk

People are having to travel three miles to collect mail due to uneven pavements Credit: ITV Central

Residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being forced to travel three miles to collect their post because uneven slabs outside their homes are considered a safety risk. The Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to two roads in Penkhull after raising concerns.

And homeowners are being told because they own the paths they must pay for repairs.

Royal Mail want to take action if workers attacked by dogs

200 postmen and women were attacked in the West Midlands between April last year and this year Credit: ITV Central

The Royal Mail says it wants to take legal action against owners of dogs that attack its postal workers. 200 postmen and women were attacked in the West Midlands between April last year and this year.

The move follows a report by a former high court judge which recomends tougher legal sanctions against owners of dangerous dogs.

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