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What is the plan for the newly privatised Royal Mail in an independent Scotland?

The current Scottish Government disagrees with the recent privatisation of Royal Mail. Independence will enable Scotland to restore the Royal Mail to public ownership in Scotland and the current Scottish Government intends to do so.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will universal postal services be maintained in an independent Scotland?

Yes. This Scottish Government recognises the importance of postal services to sustaining communities across Scotland, and will maintain at least the level of service provision inherited from the United Kingdom on independence.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will the price for stamps be higher in an independent Scotland than in the rest of the UK?

On independence, stamp prices will be the same as they are at the time in the rest of the UK. A Scottish postal service in public ownership would not need to generate profits for shareholders and so should be in a better position to ensure that postal prices and deliveries meet Scotland’s needs. This applies to sending post and parcels within Scotland, to the rest of the UK and to other countries.

We know that many people and businesses will continue to send post and parcels outside Scotland and it is our intention that postal charges to the rest of the UK will not be more expensive than charges to send post within Scotland.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.