Royal Mail First Class Post should be boycotted whenever possible

I hope that my blog readers will be as shocked as I am at a further increase likely on first class post.  I am currently sending any of my Amazon or Ebay sales out second class due to the previous increases.

If people would all stop using first class post it may shake Royal Mail into reality.  There are companies that take parcels other than Royal Mail but I have not tried these yet.

This is the article from the Daily Mail today – but I have previously learnt not to take everything they say as gospel. This news is on TV and Radio so there must be something in this.

Price of a stamp set to soar as Royal Mail given free rein to charge as much as it likes

By Becky Barrow
Last updated at 6:20 PM on 8th November 2010

Royal Mail could increase the cost of of a stamp has been branded an 'extra tax on the public'

Pushing up the price: Plans to allow Royal Mail to increase the cost of of a stamp has been branded an ‘extra tax on the public’

The price of a first class stamp could rocket as high as 46p in a move slammed yesterday as ‘an extra tax on the public’.
The controversial announcement from Postcomm, Britain’s postal regulator, clears the decks for the biggest-ever increase in the price of a stamp.
At present, a first class stamp costs 41p. Next April, Postcomm said Royal Mail will be allowed to charge up to 46p, a record price hike of 5p.
In a further blow, Postcomm said it is ripping up the rules which limit how much the embattled company can charge for heavier parcels and packets.
From next April, Royal Mail will be given free rein to charge as much as it likes for sending a package which weighs more than 500g.
The timing of the massive price hike could not be worse for cash-strapped consumers who are already bracing themselves for tax rises, such as VAT, and job cuts next year.
But the regulator Postcomm, whose chief purpose is to protect the universal service, said it has no choice but to allow the record-breaking rise.
Under the universal service, everybody can send a letter for the same price to any of the country’s 28million addresses, which will be collected and delivered six days a week.
Postcomm insisted the ‘financeability’ of the much-loved universal service is ‘under serious threat’, and more money is urgently needed to protect it.
Yesterday postal experts slammed the move, which means the price of a first class stamp has jumped from 27p in 2000 to up to 46p from April next year.

 

Labour MP and deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle said it is ‘an extra tax on the public’, adding: ‘Do you not think they are paying enough at the moment?’
He said the move is ‘outrageous’ and ‘totally unacceptable’, raising particular concerns about small businesses who rely on the post and use stamps, unlike big businesses.
The price of a second class stamp will also be allowed to jump sharply, by up to 4p from 32p to 36p, according to the rules laid out by Postcomm about how much prices can be increased.
This means the price of a second class stamp will be the same as the cost of a first class stamp just two years ago.
Last night, Royal Mail said it was too early to say exactly how much the price of stamps will increase next April.
But yesterday’s announcement from Postcomm gives it the option to charge up to these sky-high levels. A formal decision is likely next month as they try to give at least three months’ notice.
Robert Hammond, head of post at the watchdog Consumer Focus, said many customers will be ‘extremely disappointed.’
He said: ‘Consumers can’t be expected to bail out an inefficient Royal Mail forever. Royal Mail must earn the trust and loyalty of its customers.’
Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers’ Union, said the move will be ‘unpopular’ but warned it will not be the last if the company is privatised.
He said: ‘The public should realise this is a sign of things to come under a privatised Royal Mail.
‘Unless the Government changes its approach to privatisation, we had better all get used to massive price hikes. 
‘[The price of] 46p for a stamp will be nothing in comparision to what lies ahead.’
It comes as Postcomm decided to publish a report into what people and businesses feel about Royal Mail and the service that it offers.
Nine in ten people said it would be ‘acceptable’ to scrap Saturday collection and delivery, if they could ‘maintain the current service’.
By ‘current service’, this means they would like stamps to stay at their current price, and a five-day Monday to Friday collection and delivery service to remain.
Yesterday Edward Davey, Liberal Democrat MP and the postal affairs minister, said there is no question that a six-day universal service is safe under this Government.
He said: ‘Protecting the universal postal service – collection and delivery six days a week at uniform, affordable prices – is at the heart of our legislation.
‘We have no intention of downgrading them.’
Postcomm admitted yesterday it is ‘mindful of the potential negative impact that bringing forward price increases of this magnitude may have on customers.’
* Today the Government will announce its plans as to how it plans to protect the country’s network of loss-making Post Offices.
It is likely to include plans to allow all customers to be able to access their bank account from a Post Office, as well as passing more Government business to the network.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1327832/Royal-Mail-stamp-prices-set-soar-service-given-free-rein-charge-likes.html#ixzz14igKuAsj

 

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