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East Lancashire MP’s partial victory on cheap festive stamps
6:00pm Wednesday 13th June 2012 in Ribble Valley news
EAST Lancashire MP Nigel Evans has won a partial victory in his campaign for cheap Christmas card stamps, but has vowed to continue until his bid to include all senders in the festive bargain postage is signed, sealed and delivered.
The Ribble Valley Tory wrote to Royal Mail Group chief executive Moya Greene last month calling for a fixed 30p charge for cards sent between December 1 and 17 to be delivered in time for Christmas Day.
He warned that, after the latest price rise to 60p first class and 50p second, many people could be put off sending festive greetings.
Now Royal Mail bosses have announced a scheme allowing people on Pension Credit, Incapacity Benefit, and Employment and Support Allowance, to buy 36 stamps at last year’s prices from November 6.
They will have to provide documentary evidence at a Post Office to get the cheap stamps.
Mr Evans said: “I welcome this move, but it does not go far enough.
“There are many other people not on these benefits who want to send cards, including children paying out of their pocket money.
"It is far too bureaucratic. Cheap Christmas postage should be available to all and the costs would be far outweighed by the extra revenue.
"I shall not rest until this small concession has been expanded into a cheap Christmas card scheme available to all.”
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