Snail mail

Baroness Deech

The price of first class stamps is to rise to 60p at the end of this month.  That’s 12/-.  Like everybody else I went to the post office and stocked up.  But I have to warn you followers of my blog, no more Xmas cards from me, they will be too expensive.  The reason the stamp price had to rise was because Royal Mail is making a loss on them, although they make a substantial profit from other elements of the organisation.  They make a loss because everyone who can, communicates by email rather than by post.  And the result of the price rise will be that people will make even more effort to avoid the post and use email instead, so the losses will be even greater.  The non-digital sector of the population will be hit the hardest.  Handwritten letters are nice to receive, but the etiquette of this is evolving. So why was this unpopular and probably self-defeating decision made? Because OFCOM, the regulator, removed controls from the price of first class stamps.  Regulators ought to be regulating in the interests of the public and if, as OFCOM said, their aim in doing this was to preserve the postal service, then they are not “outcomes focused” (the modish excuse for  irrational regulation), because the outcome will be the slow death of the slow mail.  Ironically, we peers get regular letters from Moya Greene, the CEO of Royal Mail (allegedly the highest paid UK civil servant) telling us how wonderful the mail is.  I don’t know what the cost of this annoying communications policy is, but it is certainly not delivering.

12 comments for “Snail mail

  1. MilesJSD
    14/04/2012 at 5:01 am

    Will fax prices also rise ?
    I have a caree. At present s/he being part State-Dependent on Britain and Australia, has to pay £5 extra just to get a ‘recorded-dellivery’ snail-mail “report and evidence of income being received” to the Australian State Pension Authority every few months, and that takes on average about seven days to get there;

    whereas the fax gets there ‘instantly’ for (only) £1 per A4 page.
    My own ‘income-being-preceived’ advices to UK DWP and Local Government would still be affordable and quick enough at 60p per stamp.

  2. Gareth Howell
    16/04/2012 at 5:45 am

    They make a loss because everyone who can, communicates by email rather than by post

    You just wait until they(global web/internet powers) start charging for e-mail by the letter. It could happen.

  3. MilesJSD
    16/04/2012 at 11:27 pm

    Maybe increased charges would eventually bring down, even ‘bankrupt’, most of the obscenely and multiple-ly wasteful JUNK MAIL ?

  4. Sharon
    17/04/2012 at 12:56 pm

    Post office needs to modernize if it wants to keep up with customers and their needs. If they can’t do that then they don’t deserve to be running a business. Instead of crying about not making enough money and putting up the price of stamps, they need to think of ways they can make money and keep the customer interested. Why don’t they go online and start a collect and send letter and post card service or something? It sure would help those people who can’t get out of the house, namely the old and disabled.

    They are way to set in their ways and have the worst customer service I have ever come across. For instance, I sent sensitive information off to ATOS last year and the status of what I sent, although sent recorded delivery, still says it’s in their network. I’ve emailed them asking them why this is and never have I ever received a reply. Why should customers treat them with respect and class them as an important company, worthy of keeping going when they can’t even do the simplest of things right?

  5. maude elwes
    18/04/2012 at 8:03 am

    Interesting isn’t it? This mail fraud began in the 1970’s in the USA. They changed the practice of Federal function to privatisation. And low and behold, it becomes less functional and so expensive you have to be wealthy to afford it. If you think it is expensive here, try to send a package from the US now. And who is making all this money?

    And so, what does the UK and Europe do after seeing the destruction, in that country called a super power, of a once great service. Why, they follow suit. Privatise ours and create utter chaos with a likewise barely functioning service that is so expensive it cannot be contemplated by the average man.

    Once upon a time the UK had a postal delivery of three times a day. Yes, imagine that. We had a truly great service. We were told by various governments since then that the privatisation of it would improve the way it worked and that it would ‘bring down costs.’

    Yet, athough it is now seen to be a barely functioning concern, they chase more and more privatisation. The hiring of a work force that can barely read, doesn’t care one iota about perfomance and totally disregards the significance or the history of this once great practice, feel they must continue to cling to an idealism that is failing us all.

    We are run by dimwits is the reason. Dimwits on the make.

  6. Gareth Howell
    18/04/2012 at 8:18 am

    I’m surprised the Royal mail is still in business at all, except for the advertising hard copy they jam through the box.

    I’ve sent a formal notice to cease delivery of them but they say there are only certain kinds of post they will accept instructions not to deliver.

    Other than that I have had about a dozen snail mail posts this year at the most, and nearly always chuck them in the bin for recycling without looking at them.

    I bought some stamps about 18 months ago, a book of ten.

    The post men themselves are intrusive, so I lock the gate and leave a box outside.

  7. Twm O'r Nant
    19/04/2012 at 7:08 am

    A pound would be a reasonable sum for a snail mail letter.

    One man carrying a small item like that?

    Federal Express has grabbed the bigger items on which delivery costs are as much as £3.95, charged to the customer by the sender.

    So why the whinging just because it is a small item? The labour, the largest part of the cost of delivery has to be paid for.

  8. 20/04/2012 at 1:30 pm

    There will not only be people losing their jobs at the post office Baroness Deech, there will also be many in the “card” industry that will be out of work too. The envelope makers, the people that write the verses, and maybe the same will come for those that make Birthday cards too, so where does it stop?

    Had we a wise government, they would have found MORE work for people. Sadly our present Government seems to be doing ALL the wrong things for they are making so very many mistakes.

  9. Baroness Deech
    Baroness Deech
    23/04/2012 at 8:44 pm

    The Sunday Times columnist Atticus chided me for my comment about the cost of a first class stamp at Xmas and said I should use second class. Well, they are going up too, to 50p. Do journalists not know that?

  10. 23/04/2012 at 9:27 pm

    How about if this Government does away with Christmas then? Think how many people this Government can put out of work then?

    See my previous comment. A good Government would be creating work for the British people, not reducing it. They are indeed going about it the wrong way, but then, what do I know, maybe they are intent on destroying our Country completely?

    • maude elwes
      25/04/2012 at 12:26 pm

      As we are dominated by the crazy world of our US masters, you bet we will end up with those repulsive freedom removers of the PC brigade making Chrisimas extinct.

      However, the odd thing is, other religions can celebrate theirs til the hearts content. Now I wonder why that is?

      And it will soon be the death of Christmas as big business doesn’t like Bank Holidays, but, they like the money that gives most of them half their annual profit.

  11. 25/04/2012 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! Now THAT was a new one on me. We sure do live and learn these days.

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