Royal Mail privatisation: Reaction on the street
10 October 2013 Last updated at 13:45 BST
As the Royal Mail is privatised, the BBC's personal finance correspondent Simon Gompertz has been hearing the views of members of the public.
People against privatisation described it as "outrageous", "a tragedy" and becoming more "money-driven".
While those supporting the move said it was "good for encouraging investment" and "a good idea - if you can make a few quid out of it".