Royal Mail sell-off could end daily deliveries

Ministers discussing the sale of the Royal Mail are understood be considering whether the sale agreement for the company should make a clear legal provision for changes to the Universal Service Obligation (USO).

Under the USO, the company is legally required to deliver post to every address in the UK six days a week at "uniform and affordable prices".

The obligation is the basis of the Royal Mail’s cherished nationwide service, which means that the cost of posting a letter to any address in the UK is the same everywhere.

However, the requirement is extremely costly to fulfil, and some ministers believe that it will become untenable as the number of letters sent falls further.

Read more: Royal Mail sell-off could end daily deliveries – Telegraph.