Save money on Christmas stamps

By Paul Lewis , Friday 16 November 2012

Pssst. Want to save a fiver on your Christmas stamps? More than 4 million people could, but many do not seem to know about it.
Christmas stamps on card envelopesMore than 4 million people can save money on stamps this Christmas

When Royal Mail introduced its record rise of 14p on first and second class stamps last April it promised that anyone on certain state benefits would be able to buy some stamps this Christmas at last year’s price. The scheme begins this month.

If you get pension credit, employment and support allowance, or incapacity benefit you can buy up to 36 stamps – first or second class or a mixture – at the old price of 36p (second class) or 46p (first) instead of paying the new prices of 50p and 60p. The total number of people getting these benefits is more than four million.

If you buy the maximum 36 stamps you will save £5.04. You can have Christmas stamps or ordinary ones and you don’t have to use them on Christmas cards or letters. But you do have to buy them in a single purchase – you can’t buy 20 one day and go back for another 16 a week later!

Last month Royal Mail sent a leaflet to every home in the country which explains the scheme and contains a voucher. You need to take the voucher to any post office together with a letter from the DWP or the Social Security Agency in Northern Ireland which confirms that you get one of the relevant benefits. The letter must be less than 12 months old. Alternatively a bank statement showing the code for paying in the benefit will be accepted.

If you can’t get to the post office someone else can get the stamps for you as long as they have your voucher and letter.

If you missed the leaflet with the voucher in you can order another by calling the Royal Mail on 08456 016 248 or online. The last day to order the voucher is December 18 and you have to buy the stamps by 24 December. You can also get the voucher from local AgeUK offices.

You can find out more here on the Royal Mail website.


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  • Derek Waters

    Posted: Friday 07 December 2012

    I live in Lincolnshire and your article is the first I've heard about discounted stamps

  • christina gore

    Posted: Sunday 02 December 2012

    I had a leaflet about this in my door soem weeks ago(I live in Borough of Richmond upon Thames although I have a KT1 Kingston postcode.)I also found a leaflet in a Post Office in nearby Hurst in Surrey. Took it to Age Concern's Kingston drop in centre. I am a member and a volunteer there . Sometimes some of the shops sell Xmas stamps with a 10% reduction too eg Super drug but not sure if they are doing it this year. I went in to see if there was a notice but none and no one available to ask.

  • JENNY WREN

    Posted: Saturday 01 December 2012



    I ALSO HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED THE INFORMATION OR VOUCHER ABOUT REDUCED STAMPS,I LIVE IN lEICESTERSHIRE.

  • charles smith

    Posted: Friday 30 November 2012

    Christmas Stamps.
    I went to get stamps today 30 Nov, the form allows you to apply for 2 people for upto 6 books. I wanted 2 x first and 4 x second books of 12 which is £28.32 the computerised till said it was £33.36, I challenged this and found out that too process 2 people on a form you only get 1 discount of £5.04 so the assisant had to process them singly, watch out for this glitch.

  • Sue Hedges

    Posted: Friday 30 November 2012

    I received no notification from the Post Office about these cheap stamps. First i have heard of it [cambridge Cb22 area]

  • Gwyneth Cooper

    Posted: Thursday 29 November 2012

    I have checked with a friend who receives benefits and she hasn't had anything about reduced price stamps - and I haven't had a flyer through my door although I would not be entitled to them(Chester, Cheshire)

  • mike

    Posted: Thursday 29 November 2012

    like roger iplanned for the future but did not here about the stamps at reduced cost why is it you have to be on pension credit or benifets we have to manage on our income which is not easy with todays prices

  • LESLEY ILLING

    Posted: Wednesday 28 November 2012

    NO ONE THAT I KNOW OF HAS RECEIVED THE INFORMATION OR VOUCHER ABOUT REDUCED STAMPS,I LIVE IN CORNWALL.

  • joan grundy

    Posted: Monday 26 November 2012

    i feel that most people should be able to benefit from cheaper stamps. i shall be sending fewer cards this year. it is better that i e mail instead

  • Sylvia Smith

    Posted: Saturday 24 November 2012

    Very interesting information. I have not received information on reduced price of stamps for pensioners.

  • Roger

    Posted: Saturday 24 November 2012

    I have always planned for the future, not like lots of other people and yet, I cannot buy stamps at a reduced rate. It appears that people like myself, responsible people, are not given the same consideration. We are also being hit with rubbish interest rates..about time we received some benefit!!

  • susan evans

    Posted: Saturday 24 November 2012

    Why not see if the Scouts deliver in your area. Scout Stamps are 20p and you would be helping the Scouts and saving money. Latest posting date where they are available 7 December.

  • Brenda Harrison

    Posted: Friday 23 November 2012

    I fully understand that there has to be cut-off level in respect of allowances, with regard to the offer of Royal Mail stamps at last year's prices, my income is just above Pension Credit level but is sufficiently low to give me full Council Tax Benefit. I therefore do not get to take advantage of the offer but must manage on a low income of barely above Pension Credit levels. Not an easy task in today's climate.

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