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Cheap Christmas Stamps For Benefit Claimants

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Benefit claimants are able to buy Christmas stamps at last year's prices under a Royal Mail scheme that starts today.

The move is designed to make sending season's greetings cards more affordable for those on lower incomes.

The Royal Mail’s scheme allows eligible customers to buy a total of 36 first and second class stamps at 46p and 36p respectively.

Stamp prices increased to 60p and 50p in April.

Customers on pension credit, employment and support allowance or incapacity benefit are eligible to take part in the scheme, which runs until Christmas Eve.

The discount is available at all of the 11,500 Post Offices across the country, but customers need to show documents proving they are on the relevant benefits.

Stephen Agar, the Royal Mail's director of regulated business, said the scheme would help customers who are "facing extremely tight budgets this Christmas".

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