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Published on March 25th, 2019 | by Sam Rose

New Stamp Price Increase Takes Effect Today

A new stamp price increase announced by the Royal Mail last month has officially taken place today on 25th March 2019, affecting both First and Second Class stamps.

As mentioned in our original announcement article, the current price for a First Class Stamp now stands at 70p, a 3p increase from the old price of 67p. Second Class Stamps have also been affected by the new stamp price increase, now costing 61p. This has also increased by 3p from its old price of 58p.

New UK Stamp Prices Still Best Value in Europe

During last month’s announcement, the Royal Mail issued some comments regarding the new stamp price increase coming into effect.

They stated that every change had been reviewed “very carefully” and that it has been their priority to “minimize any impact on customers”. They added that the new changes are “necessary to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service”.

Their comments are paired with a study conducted by Royal Mail recently which reveals that the Royal Mail’s stamp prices are still among the best in Europe compared to other postal operators.

The report shows that despite the new stamp price increase, the new prices for both First Class and Second Class postage still costs much less than other European locations.

How Much Will Stamps Cost Now?

Due to the new stamp price increase, the price of stamps across almost all types have risen as a result. A full list of new First Class and Second Class stamp prices is contained in the table below.

Royal Mail 1st Class and 2nd Class
1st Class 2nd Class
Size Weight up to and including Price Price
Letter 100g 70p 61p

Large Letter

100g £1.06 83p
250g £1.50 £1.32
500g £1.97 £1.72
750g £2.72 £2.33
Small Parcel 1kg £3.55 £3.00
2kg £5.50 £3.00

Medium Parcel

1kg £5.80 £5.10
2kg £8.95 £5.10
5kg £15.85 £13.75
10kg £21.90 £20.25
20kg £33.40 £28.55

Will I Be Able to Use My Old Stamps After the New Stamp Price Increase?

The announcement and instantaneous effects of the new stamp price increase today will likely have sparked the question of how it will affect using First Class and Second Class stamps you already own.

Due to First Class and Second Class stamps not using an expiry date, the good news is that you will still be able to use them to help cover costs when posting packages and letters, regardless as to when they were purchased.

It’s important to remember also that Fixed Priced Stamps, which are stamps that feature monetary values such as 1p, 2p and £1, also don’t have an expiry date attached to them. This again means that they can be used at any point to help make up the value of postage on mail.

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