Royal Mail First-class stamps to cost 60p
London - A first-class stamp will rise in price from 46p to 60p from 30 April after the regulator lifted some price controls on Royal Mail.
A second-class stamp will go up from 36p to 50p - some 5p below the top price allowed by Ofcom.
The regulator has allowed Royal Mail to set the price of first-class and business mail.
It claimed the future of the universal service was at "severe risk" without relaxing controls.
The 30% price rise in first-class stamps, and 39% rise for second-class, mark the biggest annual increase in percentage terms since 1975. Ten years ago, a first-class stamp cost 27p, and a second-class cost 19p.
Over the next seven years, the price of second-class stamps will be capped at 55p but this limit could rise with inflation each year.