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First and second class stamps cost more from today

First and second class stamps cost more from today

The price of a standard letter first class stamp rose today from 39p to 41p, and a second class stamp from 30p to 32p, increases of 5.1% and 6.7% respectively. Prices for large letter first class stamps also rose to 66p (up by 5p or 8.2%) and for second class stamps from 47p to 51p.

ordinary meter and account mail charges have not been changed, remaining at 36p and 25p respectively for standard letters weighing up to 100g.

Royal Mail argue that despite the price rises “Royal Mail’s stamp prices will still be among the lowest in Europe – the average cost of sending a 100g item by First Class post or equivalent in Europe is now 82p, twice the new UK price”. In addition, “the increases to stamp prices affect only around 12% of the mail sent in the UK and will add around 3p per week to the average UK household’s weekly 50p expenditure on postage”.

www.royalmail.com/prices2010

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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