How Much Is A First Class Stamp In The Uk, Who Decides Postage Prices And What Special Sets Has The Royal Mail Released?
SENDING first class mail doesn’t come cheap these days, but it’s still a small price to pay to send a thoughtful letter or card to someone dear to you.
But how much will a letter set you back now? We’ve got all the details you need about British postage…
Getty Images Sending letters can be a pricey business these days… we’ve got all the postage price details for you here
How much is a first class stamp?
The price of a first-class stamp is currently 65p.
On February 24, 2017, The Royal Mail announced increases to the price of their premium stamp by a penny, as it had previously cost 64p.
The increase – which comes into effect in March – also sees the price of a second class go up from 55p to 56p.
A standard first class stamp will send a letter, but if you need to post a larger item the stamp cost will increase.
First class postage on a large letter starts at 98p while postage for packages starts at £3.35 and depends on the size of the item.
Alamy Postage prices are decided by Royal Mail, who update their prices throughout the year
Do stamps have an expiry date?
The Royal Mail explain that stamps with no monetary value indicated on them do not expire and can be used at any point.
Stamps with a monetary value also don’t expire, but you will need to make sure the value on the stamp equals enough for the cost of postage.
On their website The Royal Mail wrote: “Stamps with a monetary value also do not have an expiry date and can be combined to make up the value of postage required.”
PA:Press Association The Royal Mail occasionally release limited edition themed stamps to mark special occasions, like this one of David Bowie
How are postage prices decided?
The Royal Mail updates their prices at key points in the year and lets their customers know in advance.
When it upped the postage costs earlier in the year, The Royal Mail was keen to stress that they understand how hard it is for families and businesses in the current economic environment.
It also said: “Royal Mail has considered pricing changes very carefully and we have sought to minimise the impact on customers.
“These changes are needed to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service.”
They also highlighted that despite the increase, the UK’s first class postage is well below the European average of 87p a letter.
Passport Price Increase 2018 – How Much Does It Cost To Renew A British Passport And How Can I Apply For A New One?
PASSPORTS for both children and adult are going to get more expensive on March 27, regardless how you make your application.
Applications will cost more in the post than online for the first time, but here’s how to beat the price hike…
PA:Press Association Postal fees for new passports are set to rise by up to 27 per cent later this month
How much will prices increase?
Currently, a standard adult passport or renewal costs £72.50 regardless of how the application is made.
The fee will rise to £75.50 for online applications and £85 for postal applications, making HM Passport Office an added £50million in 2018-19.
Charges for children’s passports will go up from £46 currently to £49 online and £58.50 in the post.
The £12.50 increase for the postal service represents a jump of 17 per cent for adults and 27 per cent for children.
The prices rises will be largest for children’s postal applications
Why are the changes being made and when will they come into effect?
The changes are underpinned by new fee-setting powers given to HM Passport Office under the Immigration Act 2016 to give it the resources it needs to process six million applications a year.
The changes have been earmarked to come into effect in just a few weeks.
If they are signed off by Parliament, they will come into force on March 27.
The proposals are unrelated to the announcement that the UK passport will change colour from burgundy to blue after Britain leaves the EU.
Alamy But you can save money by renewing before March 27 – but you’ll have to hurry to do it before the deadline
Can I save money by renewing before the deadline?
Yes: You can renew your passport at any time, but you’ll have to be quick to renew before March 27.
If you renew now, any time left on your old passport will be transferred to your new one up to a maximum of nine months. So if your current passport expires before December 27, it might be worth renewing in the next few weeks.
HM Passport Office has said it plans to draft in up to 200 extra staff to cope with extra demand in the run-up to the price increase.
It currently takes around three weeks for a new passport to arrive.
Council Tax Rises 2018 – How Much Could Rates Increase And When Will New Fees Start?
COUNCIL tax bills are due to soar in April by an average of £81 the steepest rise to hit households in 14 years, as cash-strapped councils struggle.
Charges are thought to be going up in 93 per cent of councils while taxes are set to rise in 95 per cent – but how will they rise and when will the reported hike come into effect? Here’s what you need to know.
Getty – Contributor Council taxes will rise in 95 per cent of authorities while charges will go up in 93 per cent
How much could council taxes increase?
About 93 per cent of councils that took part in the 2018 State of Local Government Finance research indicated new or increasing charges to cover budget-strapped services.
But it is the council taxes that are expected to increase the most, with three quarters of authorities set to raise the tax by 2.99%
Council taxes can rise by 3 per cent in April this year in line with inflation.
Any larger increases will trigger a local referendum.
If a council has social care responsibilities, then they can also raise the rate by an additional 3%.
Getty Images – Getty The charges are expected to be increased by councils across the country in April
What has the government said about the research?
A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Our finance settlement strikes a balance between relieving growing pressure on local government whilst ensuring that hard-pressed taxpayers do not face excessive bills.
“We have listened to representations made from councils and delivered on these with extra funding.
“Overall councils will see a real-term increase in resources over the next two years, more freedom and fairness and with a greater certainty to plan and secure value for money.
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