1st class stamps banned at Lancashire County Council hall

Blackpool Citizen: 1st class stamps banned at Lancashire County Council hall 1st class stamps banned at Lancashire County Council hall

LANCASHIRE County Council has banned staff using first class post without top level approval because second delivery is as quick.

They have joined Blackburn with Darwen and other East Lancs authorities in using the cheaper delivery service as standard.

Their move emerged as Manchester City Council announced it would save £200,000 a year by stopping using first class post because tests showed second class was as fast.

East Lancashire’s councils have scaled back their use of first class post since the price rises on April 30 increased the cost of second class stamp from 36p to 50p and first class from 46p to 60p.

Lancashire decided to use only second class to save cash and now only assistant chief executive Eddie Sutton can authorise first class for a specific service.

Council leader Geoff Driver said: “In 2010/11 we were spending nearly £1m a year on postage – half of which was first class mail. In the first three months of this year we have reduced that to 10 per cent.”

Blackburn operates a similar policy of second for all but the most urgent letters.

Now 79 per cent of all its mail is sent second class to save money.

Burnley Council uses second whenever possible applying a ‘common sense’ approach to the higher rate.

Pendle’s deputy chief executive Philip Mousdale said: “We encourage our staff to use the most economic postage service available, provided a letter does not need to arrive urgently.

“Where we have larger items, we tend to send them second class to save money. And, of course, we use email wherever possible.”

Hyndburn council sends the vast majority of its post second class ‘unless there is a case for real urgency’ while Rossendale used second class except for special items like legal letters.

A spokeswoman for Ribble Valley said: “We use second class whenever possible.”

But a Royal Mail spokesman said: “There is a clear distinction between first class and second class mail and this is reflected in how we process and deliver mail across the UK.”

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1:10pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Parly says...

When I was an office junior I had to gather up post at the end of each day and shove it through the franking machine. That was nearly twenty years ago. How come LCC are still buying and using stamps instead of good old-fashioned franking machines?
When I was an office junior I had to gather up post at the end of each day and shove it through the franking machine. That was nearly twenty years ago. How come LCC are still buying and using stamps instead of good old-fashioned franking machines? Parly

1:43pm Wed 11 Jul 12

ali.luke says...

Parly, they won't be using stamps as such & franking machines are not as common as they were. If a company uses pre stamped envelopes i.e HMRC & Jobcentreplus, and most probably LCC they then fill in an online form on royal mail website stating how many first & 2nd class letters they are sending, a lot easier & quicker than a franking machine.
Parly, they won't be using stamps as such & franking machines are not as common as they were. If a company uses pre stamped envelopes i.e HMRC & Jobcentreplus, and most probably LCC they then fill in an online form on royal mail website stating how many first & 2nd class letters they are sending, a lot easier & quicker than a franking machine. ali.luke

2:45pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Mikeee47 says...

Shame they dont adopt the same policy regarding company cars, instead of quality mercs' and BMWs etc
Shame they dont adopt the same policy regarding company cars, instead of quality mercs' and BMWs etc Mikeee47

3:35pm Wed 11 Jul 12

2 for 5p says...

Welcome to the 21st century partly
Welcome to the 21st century partly 2 for 5p

8:05pm Sun 15 Jul 12

epiphany says...

This is disgraceful ....getting a better quality of service than they are paying for !!!!. Royal Mail should henceforth ensure that all second class postings take a minimum three days.
This is disgraceful ....getting a better quality of service than they are paying for !!!!. Royal Mail should henceforth ensure that all second class postings take a minimum three days. epiphany

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