From 23 March: New postage rates
The Royal Mail is useless at publicising postage increases, so whenever rates are going to go up I send out an update. If you still use postage stamps, this gives you a chance to save money by buying generic 1st and 2nd class stamps (without a money value on them) before the increase, and continuing to use them afterwards.
- Standard letters up to & including 100g: 1st class up 6p from 70p to 76p; 2nd class up 4p from 61p to 65p.
- Large letters up to & including 100g: 1st class up 9p from £1.06 to £1.15; 2nd class up 5p from 83p to 88p.
- Small parcels up to & including 1kg: 1st class up 15p from £3.55 to £3.70; 2nd class up 10p from £3.00 to £3.10.
- Small parcels up to & including 2kg: 1st class up 7p from £5.50 to £5.57; 2nd class up 10p from £3.00 to £3.10.
- Medium parcels up to & including 1kg: 1st class up 10p from £5.80 to £5.90; 2nd class up 10p from £5.10 to £5.20.
- Medium parcels up to & including 2kg: 1st class up 7p from £8.95 to £9.02, 2nd class up 10p from £5.10 to £5.20.
- International letters or postcards to anywhere outside the UK, up to & including 10g, go up 7p from £1.35 to £1.42 because of an increase in overseas delivery costs. For letters up to 20g the cost goes up 7p from £1.35 to £1.42 for Europe, and up 8p from £1.55 to £1.63 for world zones 1 & 2. Up to 100g the cost goes up 8p from £1.60 to £1.68 for Europe and up 12p from £2.30 to £2.42 for world zones 1 & 2.
These are the main changes for the most common sizes, and are the largest increases since 2012. Full details of all new rates, including for franking machines, are at https://www.royalmail.com/prices2020.
The guide for sending items using postage stamps is at https://tinyurl.com/ww3c3ft.
Non-value indicator (generic) stamps with 1st or 2nd on them rather than a money amount remain valid for that class of postage, regardless of when they were purchased. So if you still use postage stamps, there’s nothing to stop you from stocking up before the increase. For confirmation that this is OK, see the MoneySavingExpert blog at https://tinyurl.com/soedmpw. This is from 2012 but the law hasn’t changed.