2012年6月27日星期三

Stamp prices less, the British received a Christmas card?

British Royal Mail has announced that from the end of April, one class stamp price from 46 pence to 60 pence, which is the biggest price increase in 37 years, second-class stamp price from 36 pence to 50 pence. British Communications Authority, said the mobile phone text messages, e-mail and social networking sites over the past decade is the impact of traditional postal services. British Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene said, the state-owned Royal Mail for the past four years the amount of the loss of nearly 1 billion pounds since 2006, mail volume has been reduced by 1/4, only 59 million of average daily volume of mail, increase the price of stamps is helpless the move. The Greeting Card Association says this Christmas, the British received a greeting card may be less than in previous years the Association is responsible for Sharon Little said: "Stamp prices will destroy the atmosphere of Christmas." However, this year during the Christmas season, low-income families can buy discounted stamps. According to the statistics of the UK Communications Authority, the United Kingdom each family in the postal service, one week to spend 50 pence. The stamp price increase will affect millions of people, including the elderly, small business and charitable practitioners. Rural residents complaining stamp price increases. Lease Ping Suo Boli (in England the Venter County) 79-year-old Joan Kent side of the three neat letter dropped into the red mailbox outside the post office, while complaining: "Although I am more than a letter, by email like to write a letter prepared to receive the letter had to take forever, the stamp is too expensive, I still remember the past one as long as 2.5 pence to her friends Jill Fenwick breath, bought 30 class stamps and 30 second-class stamp, "should be able to last until Christmas, the poor old ladies to send birthday cards and Christmas cards each year. In fact, the social nature of the e-mail, such as Christmas cards and wedding invitation cards, only 10% of Royal Mail business, businesses, charities and government departments is the most important customers, such as banks and public sector to send bills, documents and so on. The Communications Authority of United Kingdom Royal Mail will be acquired or the implementation of part of the Government holding the Communications Authority no longer control the price of stamps; the upper limit of the second-class stamp prices in the seven years is 55 pence, you can adjust according to the Consumer Price Index . The British Government hopes that by raising the price of stamps, so that the Royal Mail looks profitable in order to attract buyers. Some analysts valuation of Royal Mail in £ 4 billion. Moya Greene, acquisitions, or part of the Government Holdings plans will be implemented within two years, the post office network remains state-owned. Royal Mail this week from the post office network independent, employee pension resulting from a deficit of £ 9.5 billion to governments. Stuart McIntosh, said the release control of the price of stamps is necessary to ensure the postal service, such as e-mail must be served in six days the service commitment, "and served us a few decades, for centuries, the British Communications Authority officials postal services are facing a threat. " He said competition from cell phones, e-mail and other postal service provider will not allow Royal Mail to raise prices indiscriminately, Moreover, the second-class stamp prices have upper limit. "If a class stamps set the price too high, we will use two types of stamps, this is a constraint mechanism. The high price of stamps will bring advantages to other competitors." Communication labor unions (representing 160,000 Royal Mail staff) Secretary-General Billy Hayes said that stamp prices are the inevitable result of the privatization of Royal Mail, as the train ticket prices. Another person in charge of the trade union, said: "price is always unwelcome, Fortunately, the government very first thing to do is to protect the postal indispensable for the residents."

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