With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to get all of your gifts and cards in the post before the big day.
Millions of Christmas cards will be bought and sent this year and millions of stamps along with them.
But how much do First Class and Second Class stamps cost and have they increased in 2017?
At the end of March, Royal Mail announced that the price of stamps in the UK would increase.
From 27 March 2017, the price of a First Class stamp rose by 1p to 65p and the price of a Second Class stamp increased by 1p to 56p.
Meanwhile, postage for a large First Class letter increased by 2p to 98p.
Also, a large Second Class letter went up by 1p to 76p.
The rise in price was in tandem with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), which rose by 1.8 per cent in the year to January.
Despite the rise in cost, the Royal Mail states that the UK price for a stamp still represents good value compared with the value seen across Europe.
The average price of a First Class stamp in Europe is equivalent to 87p and an average second class stamp is 67p.
What 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.’
Stamps can be purchased from any local Post Office and online too.
They can also be purchased from your local newsagent.
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