MP slams Ofcom plans

OFCOM has been slammed by local MP Sandra Osborne, who believes plans it has put forward make people look like “second-class citizens”.

Ofcom has launched a consultation, which began last week and runs until January 5 next year, into proposals for the future of the postal service.

Ofcom assumed responsibility for the regulation of postal services this month and its fundamental duty, as set out in the Postal Services Act 2011, is to secure a financially sustainable universal postal service.

One of its first acts in its new role is proposing to permit Royal Mail freedom to set the majority of its own prices, while also imposing a safeguard price cap on second-class stamps.

Ms Osborne was stunned at the proposal and has urged a strong response to the consultation from constituents.

She said: “I am dismayed by this proposal. This seems to be a case of second-class stamps for second-class citizens!” Ms Osborne added: “This is part of a wider consultation document which demands a strong response.

“I will be making my own submission but I would also urge concerned constituents to look at these proposals and to make their views known.”