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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Has Royal Mail sent out suicide note?

The 30 per cent rise in the cost of postage stamps is another example of the soaring cost of living.

It’s little wonder that many people are stocking up before the April 30 change, when the first class price will hit 60p and second class goes up to 50p.

Email and text messaging, as well as the convenience of online bill payments, have certainly made the traditional postal service redundant for many people.

But most of us still need to use stamps at some time.

It is particularly unfair on those people without internet access who will be forced to pay up, come what may.

It does seem that financial penalties these days are being unjustly heaped on those who can’t or won’t go online.

Small businesses are rightly concerned at yet another increasing cost.

Many of them are already complaining that mail is being delivered later in the day; in Workington, first deliveries for many businesses only arrive at lunch time these days.

Royal Mail claims it is trying to protect its service after making huge losses.

The concern, however, must be that this increase could lead to a downward spiral, with fewer people sending letters, and in turn leading to even higher prices.

We certainly hope that the Royal Mail hasn’t just posted its own suicide letter.

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