Royal Mail 'stamp cap'

The Royal Mail has apparently placed a cap on the number of stamps retailers can order following increased sales ahead of a price rise.

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NFSP: Stamp price increases 'necessary'

The stampprice increases are unfortunately necessary to protect the universal postalservice. The rise has led to a spike in demand for stamps and the NFSP (National Federation of Subpostmasters) isworking with Post Office Ltd to ensure that subpostmasters continue to receivea full supply. As far as we are aware, there are currently no significant stampsupply problems at post offices.

– George Thomson, General Secretary of the NFSP

Royal Mail statement concerning stamp price increase

"There is no shortage of stamps available to our customers. We have more than adequatestock in place to meet customer demand through around 45,000 outlets across the UK.

"When the price of a First Class stamp increases from 46p to 60p on April 30, it isimportant that the proceeds of this price rise go to Royal Mail. We have lost £1 billion over the last four years.

"We need to put the Universal Service on a sound financial footing through these price rises for the benefit of everybody in the UK."

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Hammond: 'More than adequate supply of stamps to meet demands'

‘With unprecedented price rises on the way, it is understandablethat consumers who rely on the postal service will be buying stamps before theincrease. We would expect Royal Mail to take steps to meet increaseddemand in the run up to the price change. There are 45,000 Post Offices andretail outlets which sell stamps and we have been assured by Royal Mail thatthere is a more than adequate supply of stamps in the market to meet increasedcustomer demand.

– Robert Hammond, Director of Postal Policy at Consumer Focus