Price Of Stamps Rise
March 27, 2012 by staff
Price Of Stamps Rise, First and second class stamp prices will rise by 30% and 39% respectively at the end of the month to record levels, following an announcement by the communications regulator that pushes the Royal Mail further down the path towards privatisation.
Ofcom paved the way for the price hikes on Tuesday morning by unveiling a new pricing regime for the Royal Mail group, which could be sold or partially floated by the government next autumn.
The communications watchdog lifted price caps on first class stamps immediately and set a ceiling on second class stamps for the next seven years as it admitted that competition from mobile phones and the internet is making a universal postal service financially untenable.
The Royal Mail group announced the increases within hours of the Ofcom briefing, stating that first and second class stamp prices will rise by 14p, from 46p for first class and 36p for second class, from 30 April. The cost of posting large letters will increase from 75p to 90p for first class and from 58p to 69p for second class.
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