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Royal Mail Saturday delivery to remain unchanged, vows Rishi Sunak

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PM promises commitment to maintain current postal services

Rishi Sunak has pledged to keep Royal Mail's six-day delivery service intact, dismissing proposals to eliminate Saturday deliveries. During Prime Minister's Questions, Sunak assured that the government is fully committed to preserving the current system.

Ofcom report warns of the need for postal service reform

A recently released report by regulator Ofcom outlined potential reforms for Britain's universal postal service, cautioning that without changes, it could become unsustainable. One option suggested reducing Royal Mail's letter delivery service from six days to either five or three days per week.

Royal Mail calls for an end to Saturday letter deliveries

Royal Mail has advocated for the elimination of Saturday letter deliveries, arguing that its existing network is not viable. However, any alterations to the universal postal service would require a change in legislation, which would be determined by the government.

Government rejects scrapping Saturday deliveries

Downing Street has stated that it will not consider discontinuing Saturday deliveries due to the service's significance, particularly for businesses. Royal Mail has warned that it may require a government subsidy to remain operational.

Ofcom seeks public input on postal service future

Ofcom aims to initiate a "national debate" on the future of the UK's postal service and is inviting public feedback on the proposed reforms until April 3. An update on the matter is expected to be provided in the summer.