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The cost of a first class stamp will rise to £1.10 early next month, Royal Mail has announced, breaking the £1 barrier for the first time.

The company said it would increase the price of a first class stamp by 15p from 3 April, a year after it went up by 10p to 95p. The price of a second class stamp is also going up, by 7p to 75p.

Ban on non-barcoded stamps is delayed until next summer after Royal Mail climbs down following fears new models could leave millions of stamps unused and useless 


Christmas last posting dates:
Get your cards, gifts and greetings there in time for Christmas. Check the latest recommended posting dates for all UK and international services as some international dates are earlier than last year. As always, our advice is to post early and avoid the rush.Here are the latest recommended posting dates for all services to UK addresses.

Service Last recommended posting date

Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For

Monday 19 December

Royal Mail 1st Class & 1st Class Signed For
Parcelforce Worldwide express48 and express48Large**

Wednesday 21 December

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

Parcelforce Worldwide express24. expressAM

Thursday 22 December

Royal Mail Special Delivery by 1pm with Saturday Guarantee

Friday 23 December

** express48large is only available in certain Post

Royal Mail announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday strike

01-11-2022: Royal Mail workers will stage two 48-hour strikes around Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, the Communication Workers Union announced. CWU general secretary Dave Ward said industrial action will continue in the run up to Christmas unless the dispute is resolved.
"We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience the CWU's continued strike action will cause. We are doing all we can to minimise delays and keep people, businesses and the country connected."

Stamps with image of Queen Elizabeth II remain valid following her death, Royal Mail confirms

Current Royal Mint coins and Bank of England banknotes remain legal tender. The Bank of England said a further announcement regarding existing Bank of England banknotes will be made once the period of mourning has been observed.