30% rise in cost of stamps

The price of a first class stamp is to increase from 46p to 60p - an increase of 30%.

Second class stamps will go up from 36p to 50p - a 38% rise.

The changes come into force from April 30.

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Govt: 'Protecting the universal mail service comes at a cost'

Price rises are never welcome.

However Ministers are clear that the top priority is to protect the universal service on which people rely.

Indeed we have enshrined – in law – the six day a week, one price goes anywhere service and given Ofcom as the regulator the duty of protecting that service.

But this service comes at a cost, and its provider, Royal Mail, needs to be financially viable.

The most important thing is to secure the universal service, but price rises are only one part of the story, the successful modernisation of Royal Mail is also crucial.

– Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Spokesperson


Labour: stamp prices will hit 'elderly and vulnerable'

An increase in the price of stamps will hit the elderly, vulnerable and millions of people who rely on the postal service, including small businesses and charities. At a time when family budgets are facing an unprecedented squeeze, the cost of living is rising and growth has been stalled...such a large rise in the price of stamps is the last thing we need. This decision is a direct result of the Government pursuing the privatisation of Royal Mail.

– Ian Murray, Labour Shadow Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs

CWU: Privatisation to blame for stamp price hike

Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, has blamed today's stamp price hike on the forthcoming privatisation of the Royal Mail Group. He said:

It's an announcement for business not consumers, with vulnerable and low-income consumers protected by [the] second-class service price constraint. Second class tells you all you need to know. Those people who baulk at the idea of stamp price rises should understand that it comes directly from Government decisions to privatise this industry - just as we've seen massive price increases in train travel under privatisation. Commercial freedoms may be good for the company but it could come at the cost of affordability and access to services for many.

Royal Mail privatisation 'most likely in 2014'

The privatisation of the Royal Mail Group will most likely take place in the first quarter of 2014, with a stock flotation being the main preference, its Chief Executive has told Reuters.

Idon't think that it is impossible that we could be in a deal mode in 2013, butpersonally I think it is probably more likely to be the first quarter in2014. My preference and I believe thegovernment's preference is a float.

– Moya Greene, CEO, royal mail
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