Royal Mail price increases have been announced for 2017, with changes affecting both consumers and business customers.
The cost of first and second class stamps will both rise by one penny, to 65 and 56 pence respectively. The changes will come into effect from 27 March.
Meanwhile, the price of business parcels sent under the Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 services will increase by an average of 1.5 per cent - and that's before add-ons and surcharges.
Franking charges are also rising. A first class franked letter will rise to 57 pence from 53 pence, while second class will rise to 41 pence from 40 pence.
Small business owners selling items through eBay or Amazon Marketplace will be hit too, with package and parcel prices also set to rise.
The cost of sending a small parcel up to 1kg will rise to £3.40 from £3.35 for first class non-franked mail, and to £2.90 from £2.85 for second class.
Franked small parcels up to 1kg sent first class will rise to £3.12 for first class and £2.62 for mailmark franking second class, from £3.07 and £2.57 respectively.
And even pre-paid envelopes will cost businesses more. The cost for 100 pre-paid DL size envelopes up to 100g, at first class, will rise by a pound to £74, with second class increasing by the same amount to £65.
In a statement, the Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail understands how hard it is for many companies and households in the current economic environment.
“For that reason, we have considered any pricing changes very carefully and have sought to minimise any impact on our customers.”
But the Royal Mail also insists that its service is cheap in comparison with other European countries. It says the average cost of first class letter postage on the continent is 87 pence, with second class at 65 pence.
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