Manchester City Council to use second class post

A council is set to save £200,000 a year - by sending its mail second class.

Manchester City Council says it found there is no difference in punctuality between first and second class deliveries.

The authority spends £1.6m a year sending out 4.5 million items.

Assistant chief executive Sara Tomkins said the council would only use first class post in exceptional cases.

However, a Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "There is clear distinction between first class and second class mail and this is reflected in how we process and deliver mail across the UK.

"First class mail continues to be our first priority every day of our working week. Our priority is to deliver first class mail the next working day.

"The specification for second class mail remains to deliver it within three working days after posting."

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