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Confused over Royal Mail stamp swap deadline? Don't be as you WILL still be able use non-barcoded stamps until 31 July 2023

You will still be able to use non-barcoded 'everyday stamps' after 31 January for another six months, can confirm. The deadline to use these stamps is 31 July. This is despite a series of misleading adverts from Royal Mail saying otherwise.

24 January 2023

You now have until 31 July 2023 to use 1st and 2nd class stamps without barcodes after a Royal Mail U-turn – here's what you need to know

You now have until 31 July 2023 to use any non-barcoded everyday stamps – those with the Queen's profile on – before they become worthless. Alternatively, you can swap them for barcoded versions for free through the Royal Mail scheme.

14 November 2022

Royal Mail opens its 'Swap Out' scheme for 1st and 2nd class stamps without barcodes – here's everything you need to know

The Royal Mail Swap Out scheme, which will allow you to swap first and second class stamps for new, barcoded ones, is now open. We break down everything you need to know.

31 March 2022

Check pockets and purses for paper £20 and £50 notes as there are millions of them still around – and you'll soon no longer be able to use them

Time to check down the back of your sofas for any soon-to-be-discontinued paper £20 and £50 notes as the latest figures from the Bank of England show there’s £17.6 billion-worth still floating around. But be quick as there are only a few months left before they become invalid.

25 March 2022

Lloyds Banking Group to shut 60 UK branches, including Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Halifax outlets – here is the full list of banks closing

Lloyds Banking Group has announced its closing 60 of its branches across the UK, in another blow to its customers. The closures include 24 Lloyds banks, 19 Bank of Scotland and 17 Halifax branches.

23 March 2022

Post Office savings accounts to no longer accept payments from non-linked accounts

Certain Post Office savings accounts will no longer accept payments into them from 1 March 2022 unless they're from a linked current account (or if they're via cheque or cash).

9 March 2022

Stamp prices to rise by 12% – but there is a way to beat the increase

From 4 April the price of a first-class stamp will rise by 10p, while a second-class stamp will rise by 2p.

4 March 2022

Royal Mail U-turn means Christmas stamps CAN still be used after 2023 despite shift to barcode system

The postal service had initially announced, as part of a wider shake-up, that Christmas stamps would be replaced by new barcoded versions from 31 January 2023.

4 March 2022

Millions of people who rely on the Post Office for banking and cash will be able to continue to do so until the start of 2026 – here are all the details

Millions of bankers who use the Post Office to withdraw cash can continue to use the service until the end of 2025. Some 30 banks and building societies reached an agreement with the service today, allowing customers to use Post Office counters for basic banking.

31 January 2022

Facebook Marketplace launches new postal service but sellers will be charged to use it from January – here’s all you need to know

From January 2022, sellers who sell items on Facebook Marketplace that are set to be delivered to the buyer will be charged 2% - here is what you need to know.

31 December 2021