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We will launch a Christmas scheme for people on low incomes to buy up to a total of 36 1st or 2nd Class Stamps in one purchase at 2011 prices – 46p for 1st Class and 36p for 2nd Class.

The scheme will launch on 6 November 2012 and will be in place until the last posting date before Christmas for 1st Class stamps.

People on pension credit and employment and support allowance (or incapacity benefit) are eligible for participation in the scheme.

Eligible customers will need to provide evidence that they are in receipt of benefits, (eg, the Annual Uprating letter or the Award Notice letter from the DWP). Stamps will be available for purchase from any of the 11,801 Post Office branches. Royal Mail will write to every UK household later in the year explaining the scheme and how it works.
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rvcshart 37 Likes
Wow people here are a bunch of moronic assholes...

Would you rather be some non welfare state? I will agree that the current system royally sucks, but I was out of work for 6 months a couple years back and if the system wasn't there I would have been **** and homeless since I have no family to fall back on.

Now I have my own business and push into the higher income threshold and I pay back the taxes, I've paid back a damn site more than I took as do a LOT of people who need that support for short periods.
Are some people abusing the system? Yes, of course they are.
Is it actually abused as badly as tabloid crap claims? Hell no, not even close. The only reason you should believe this rubbish is if you believe turning a light on when going to the toilet can cause cancer...

Because of stupid morons with your point of views innocent people get penalised. For example the current ATOS scandal.
Granted I'm a bit biased as ATOS really screwed over my mother, but I'd like to ask anyone to read the report they made and not laugh or cry. One of the reasons they put as she is fit for work is she picked up a magazine up from a table, while sat down...

Edited By: rvcshart on Sep 24, 2012 23:55
HedgyHoggy 26 Likes
s1rdg
Terrible Idea.
The cost should be the same to all.
I am/was a royal mail supporter..............shame on you royal mail.........i will take my custom elsewhere.
These type of schemes are why the country is on its knees.
Do well at school, get a good job and save for a rainy day/pay into a pension scheme,
This scheme is for the thick, lazy and selfish, at the expenceof others.
Cold,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,very cold from me.

'These type of schemes are why the country is on its knees.'

I wasn't aware it was 'on it's knees'. Is WW2 still on, are you facing invasion? Is the Black Death sweeping through the towns and villages? Are the vikings charging about the place burning and pillaging?

Or has there just been a 2% drop in average income in the past half decade? Stop reading tabloids, and perhaps base your worldview on facts.
junk4[helper] 23 Likes
I agree with it for pensioners, but not dole-ites.
r simsini 22 Likes
This scheme is deplorable, everyone should pay the same. Cold.
biddilybah 22 Likes
s1rdg
Terrible Idea.
The cost should be the same to all.
I am/was a royal mail supporter..............shame on you royal mail.........i will take my custom elsewhere.
These type of schemes are why the country is on its knees.
Do well at school, get a good job and save for a rainy day/pay into a pension scheme,
This scheme is for the thick, lazy and selfish, at the expenceof others.
Cold,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,very cold from me.

Totally agree. How incredibly stupid, lazy and selfish of people to become suddenly disabled by an illness...

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r simsini 22 Likes #1
This scheme is deplorable, everyone should pay the same. Cold.
thedrisback 1 Like #2
nice find will people also be able to send packets and large letters cheaper as well??
chesterdraws#3
thedrisback
nice find will people also be able to send packets and large letters cheaper as well??

If you put the correct amount of stamps on than yes ;)
philmitchell#4
Was posted on here before in misc .
bigweapon07#5
or they could just post them themselves and save the whole lot if they think its cheaper.
Brodie4ever#6
What is the standard price of a 1st class stamp? At my work we sell six of these beauties for £3.60. Not that far off the RM discount. Now if only you could get a staff discount on them...
chesterdraws 3 Likes #7
r simsini
This scheme is deplorable, everyone should pay the same. Cold.
So what about the old lady who gets pension credit ? Why should she pay the same ?
chesterdraws#8
Brodie4ever
What is the standard price of a 1st class stamp? At my work we sell six of these beauties for £3.60. Not that far off the RM discount. Now if only you could get a staff discount on them...

2012 Prices
1st Class stamps for letters weighing up to 100g will increase from 46p to 60p
2nd Class stamps for letters weighing up to 100g will increase from 36p to 50p.
ednamay78#9
60p for a normal stamp 1st class, I work at the post office and usually get information about these things way before they happen on our weekly update magazine, however nothing as been said about this and the launch for christmas stamps are about 6 weeks away
junk4[helper] 23 Likes #10
I agree with it for pensioners, but not dole-ites.
Bluescott27 6 Likes #11
For the pensioners yes - dole scum no!
Babsy Baby 1 Like #12
r simsini
This scheme is deplorable, everyone should pay the same. Cold.

I agree with what you are saying, but I like the idea of my mum who is a pensioner, not worrying too much about "How much it will cost to post her Christmas cards". She posts quite a few and at 86 she still enjoys sending them.
Hot for me.
dxx 1 Like #13
This sounds like an expensive way to antagonise the company's user base.
hot_top 7 Likes #14
They will be selling them on for a profit! (_;)
Oneday77 2 Likes #15
Companies already get a discount as Franking costs are always Lower than stamp costs.

All RM are doing here is taking the public backlash on stupid price hikes a few months ago and trying to look caring and cuddly. In reality they are showing themselves for being money grabbing gits that got it wrong. If they had managed the company properly then the finances would be in a better state to avoide such huge hikes.
den169 10 Likes #16
Pensioners yes anyone else no,Makes me sick this country give everything to those on benefits nothing to workers.
biddilybah 4 Likes #17
These are great for pensioners AND the disabled. Good to know that Royal Mail are thinking about those that this Government are screwing over.
Shengis#18
chesterdraws
r simsini
This scheme is deplorable, everyone should pay the same. Cold.

So what about the old lady who gets pension credit ? Why should she pay the same ?

Because life isn't fair?

Why do you think she shouldn't pay the same, consider your answer carefully.........
s1rdg 1 Like #19
Terrible Idea.
The cost should be the same to all.
I am/was a royal mail supporter..............shame on you royal mail.........i will take my custom elsewhere.
These type of schemes are why the country is on its knees.
Do well at school, get a good job and save for a rainy day/pay into a pension scheme,
This scheme is for the thick, lazy and selfish, at the expenceof others.
Cold,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,very cold from me.
Inquisitor 1 Like #20
Can they even write a proper letter to warrant a stamp? or will they just use it to post off computer games they nicked from pc world etc?


......I know, Im a cynical person, or maybe Im just bitter because I dont come under that the list :{

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