Share

Charities fear impact of mail cost increases

Charities fear impact of mail cost increases
News

Charities fear impact of mail cost increases

Fundraising | Celina Ribeiro | 30 Apr 2012

Virtually all small and medium-sized charities believe that the increase in Royal Mail costs for first and second class post will have a negative impact on their business.

Nine out of ten charities with less than 250 employees (88 per cent) predict the changes will have a detrimental effect, and half expect to send less post as a result.

Royal Mail price changes come into effect today, and include a substantial increase in the price of first class stamps (up from 46p to 60p) and second class stamps, and less significant increases in the price of franked mail.

Research conducted by print and mail house Pitney Bowes found that many charities are also unclear about what the changes entail, and nearly one in five do not know where to get extra information.

Earlier this year Ofcom removed price controls on bulk mailing and the HMRC exemption on charities paying VAT on their post ended earlier this month. The Direct Marketing Agency predicted that the price changes could cost charities an additional £18m a year

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Royal Institution rules out selling Mayfair HQ after reducing its debt

27 Aug 2014

The Royal Institution, the science communication charity, has said it will not have to sell its London...

Action for Blind People makes redundancies

27 Aug 2014

Action for Blind People has said it made nine redundancies in the year ending March 2014, following an...

Social investment awards announced by Cabinet Office

27 Aug 2014

Social investment organisations will be celebrated in a new awards ceremony announced today by the Cabinet...

Bubb responds to attack on charity campaigning in The Times

28 Aug 2014

Sir Stephen Bubb has written to The Times criticising an article which attacks charities for lacking transparency...

Commission freezes accounts and suspends trustee at Muslim aid charity

28 Aug 2014

The Charity Commission has frozen the accounts of a Muslim aid charity and suspended a trustee as part...

Umbrella bodies ‘have failed to resist government agenda for the sector’

26 Aug 2014

Umbrella bodies have lost independence and have not adequately opposed cuts to government spending or...

EU data protection proposals would kill fundraisers’ mailing lists, says report

28 Aug 2014

Proposed EU data protection rules could destroy mailing lists relied on by charity fundraisers, and would...

Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

21 Aug 2014

Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying...

Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving

20 Aug 2014

A new wristband that will enable people to make faster donations with just a tap of a smartphone, is...

Join the discussion

Twitter button

@CSFundraising