Franked Mail Postal Rates 2022

2022 Royal Mail Prices for Franking Machines

As of April 2022, the following changes to the cost of postage in the UK became effective:

  • First Class stamps for a standard letter increased from 85p to 95p
  • First Class Mailmark® franked mail increased from 72p to 78p
  • Second Class stamps increased from 66p to 68p
  • Second Class Mailmark® franked mail increased from 47p to 51p

Franked vs Non Franked Price Comparison

2022STAMPSFRANKINGYour savings…
1st Class Letters95p78p18%
1st Class Small Parcel£4.45£3.9511%
2nd Class Letters68p51p25%
2nd Class Small Parcel£3.35£2.8515%
Special Delivery™ Next Day
(weight up to 100g)
£6.85£6.357%
Special Delivery™ 9am
(weight up to 100g)
£22.95£22.452%
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Although franked mail prices have also increased, businesses who rely upon the postal system for marketing, invoicing and client correspondence can save a lot of money with the best franking machine, as the price of stamps has risen at an even greater rate.Postal prices have been rising sharply since 2005, and show no signs of slowing down.

Why do stamp prices increase?

Royal Mail increases stamp prices annually in order to cover the cost of its services. The postal service increased the price of First Class stamps by 11%, which is above the national inflation rate of 7% in the 12 months to March this year.

Nick Landon, chief commercial officer at Royal Mail, said: “We understand that many companies and households are finding it hard in the current economic environment, and we will always keep our prices as affordable as possible.”

The postal firm said “the price changes are necessary” owing to a rise in the number of delivery addresses.

Royal Mail has faced a rocky couple of years, including missed delivery targets and struggles with staff shortages owing to Covid-19. The delivery giant was fined £50m for breaking competition rules in 2018, and lost their appeal against this in May 2021.

How to avoid annual stamp price increase

The simplest way to avoid annual stamp price increases is by purchasing your stamps in bulk before they go up again.

Better yet, one of the main benefits of using a franking machine is that you’ll save your business money thanks to discounted postal rates. Franking machine rates are an average of 21.5% cheaper compared with buying 1st Class or 2nd Class stamps. While it might not sound like much money at first, these savings can really add up if your business sends large quantities of mail.

To put this into perspective, if your business sends up to 1,000 1st Class letters per month, you’ll pay £950 (£11,400 annually) for stamps, compared to just £780 (£9,360 annually) on franked mail. That’s over £2,000 saved per year just by switching to a franking machine.

Of course there are a couple of extra franking machine costs to consider, but any business sending letters in bulk should definitely check if they could save money.

▶ Read more: Postal Savings Calculator

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Sabrina Dougall

Sabrina writes about tech for business as well as consumer software. She covers topics ranging from digital marketing to ecommerce fulfilment, security systems, franking machines, and more. Having run her own successful small business, Sabrina knows first-hand how much there is to keep on top of. Writing with your company’s needs in mind, she distils truly useful product information (without the sales pitch).