Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Sam Rose
New Stamp Price Rise Announced by Royal Mail
A new stamp price rise has been announced by the Royal Mail and will be in effect from the 25th of March 2019, affecting both First and Second Class stamps.
Currently, the price of a First Class Stamp stands at 67p when sending mail by first class postage. However, on the 25th of March 2019, this will now increase to 70p, rising by 3p.
In addition, the price of a Second Class Stamp will also be affected by this new stamp price rise announcement. Whilst it will currently cost 58p for a Second Class Stamp, the rise taking place on the 25th of March 2019 will mean this also increases by 3p to cost 61p instead.
UK Stamp Prices Still Best Value in Europe
The Royal Mail have been quick to state that these changes had been reviewed “very carefully” and that they have ensured to “minimize any impact on customers”.
Whilst they also explain that these changes will be “necessary to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service”, a study conducted by Royal Mail reveals that the Royal Mail’s stamp prices are still among the best in Europe in comparison to other postal operators.
This is due to their survey reporting that the European average price for First Class letters (weighing 0-100g) is 99p. On this same principle, the report also states that the European average for Second Class letters (0-100g) is higher than the UK average, as this currently stands at 77p.
Considering these report results, both new set prices for First Class and Second Class postage still cost much less than other European locations despite the new stamp price rise coming into effect.
Can I Use My Stamps After the New Stamp Price Rise?
One question that may now come to the forefront is how this will affect the use of First Class and Second Class Stamps that you may already own.
The good news is that due to both First Class and Second Class stamps not containing an expiry date, you will still be able to use them when posting letters and items even in light of the new stamp price, regardless of when they were purchased.
In addition, Fixed Priced Stamps that feature monetary values such as 1p, 2p or £1 also provide the advantage of not using an expiry date. This means they can also be used at any point in order to make up the value of postage on items.
Restock Before the New Stamp Price Rise Arrives
Royal Mail’s new stamp price rise will come into effect immediately on the 25th of March 2019, but there’s still plenty of time for you to restock on your essential postage stamps before the price does increase.
Our selection is also perfect for businesses and business users who engage in large scale mailing on a regular basis.
Best of all, our stock of First and Second Class Postage stamps are available with Next Working Day Delivery, providing you with even more reason to get prepared before the new stamp price rise is here.