Royal Mail to increase price of stamps

The price of first class and second class stamps will increase next month Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Royal Mail has said it will increase the price of first class and second class stamps.

The postal firm said the price of a first class stamp will jump 6p to 76p and the price of a second class stamp will rise 4p to 65p from March 23.

The company said the price increases are “necessary” to ensure the sustainability of its universal service.

A Royal Mail van. Credit: PA

Royal Mail said it is "operating in a challenging business environment" and is likely to be loss-making in the next financial year.

Stephen Agar, managing director of letters at Royal Mail said: “We are operating in a tough market at present, under the threat of making a loss by 2021.

“These price increases will help us maintain the quality of service that is expected by our customers, while supporting the universal service.”