Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Royal Mail plan to offer cheaper stamps to five million claiming benefits Causing Outrage

Royal Mail came under fire yesterday over a plan to sell cheaper stamps to five million customers on benefits.

Since the Penny Black was introduced in 1840, the company has delivered a letter anywhere from the Scottish highlands to the Cornish coast for a uniform price.

But embattled boss Moya Greene said Royal Mail planned to break with tradition and make cheaper stamps available for ‘the most vulnerable members of society’ this Christmas.

They will be able to buy stamps at 2011 prices – 46p for first-class and 36p for second-class – while everybody else will be hit by price hikes from April.

The move – labelled ‘means-testing’ by angry MPs – threatens to spark chaos by creating two-tier stamp prices, with around five million people expected to be eligible for the discount. Read More