Decision Maker

Royal Mail

Royal Mail Group plc delivers a six-days-a-week, one-price-goes-anywhere postal service to more than 29 million addresses across the UK.


Does Royal Mail have the power to decide or influence something you want to change? Start a petition to this decision maker.Start a petition
Victory
Petitioning Royal Mail

A stamp to honour Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton was a true British hero. The man dubbed Britain’s Oskar Schindler passed away this month at the age of 106. He organised eight trains to take 669 unaccompanied children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in London. He also helped to find foster families for the youngsters once they arrived in England but, in a mark of his incredible humility, did not speak about his astonishing bravery for half a century. He was rightly honoured in his lifetime including with a knighthood from the Queen and a statue in his home town. But his name and the lesson that one person can make a difference even in the face of overwhelming evil, must live on. The rare honour of a Royal Mail stamp would help to achieve that while at the same time being a fitting tribute to Sir Nicholas. Without Sir Nicholas, hundreds would not have lived and thousands more would not have been born. As Alf Dubs, one of those saved, wrote in the Guardian: "Nicky Winton was truly a special human being. A lesser person might have said: "It’s too difficult, not my problem." He could easily have walked away but didn't. I shall miss him dreadfully, as will the hundreds whose lives he saved as well as their children and grandchildren." David Cameron described Sir Nicholas as "a great man" whose humanity must never be forgotten while broadcaster Esther Rantzen said: “Not only did he save a generation of Czech Jewish children from the Holocaust, but he was a visionary who inspired thousands of today’s young people to believe that one person can really make a difference. He was far too modest himself to recognise that he was a tremendous force for good.” “Sir Nicholas Winton was an incredible man whose selfless and courageous actions saved 669 children from the Holocaust. Anyone who has heard of him has learnt something about standing up against injustice. He was rightly recognised for his actions during his lifetime and this is a fitting tribute to ensure that his legacy will continue - we are delighted to be working with the Jewish News on this initiative.” - Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust We can think of few others so deserving of a Royal Mail stamp. Please join the Jewish News in calling for this British hero to be recognised with a special stamp from the Royal Mail. The more support this campaign attracts the better chance we have of succeeding. Sir Nicholas may have shied away from the 'hero' tag. For us he was the very definition of the word.

Justin Cohen & Richard Ferrer
105,421 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Royal Mail

Paint it gold for Lizzy

Last Friday athlete Lizzy Yarnold did our nation proud when she won Great Britain's first gold medal in the women's skeleton at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Excited and proud of their daughter, Judith and Clive Yarnold, Lizzy’s parents, couldn’t wait to see the symbolic golden postbox in their hometown. Post boxes were painted gold in the hometowns of every gold medallist at the London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Royal Mail have refused. Lizzy will not receive the same honour as her fellow Team GB gold medalists from the Summer Olympics. The reason? Because the 2012 games were a unique event to commemorate extraordinary achievements during the legacy games.  Lizzy’s mum says: “I was really disappointed when I heard West Kingsdown would not be getting a golden postbox. It was a lovely gesture from Royal Mail to paint the postboxes in the hometowns of the London 2012 winners gold. We would absolutely love it if the gesture was extended to Lizzy. “It’s much more than just celebrating Lizzy’s remarkable achievement – it’s about inspiring the next generation to take up a sport and dedicate themselves to it.” We, as the proud friends and family of Lizzy Yarnold say that this tradition should continue. The Winter Olympics should be celebrated just as the Summer Olympics were. It isn't right that the Royal Mail refuses to take such a small action which would have a huge impact. We should continue to inspire the next generation of gold medalists and send a message to aspiring young athletes that they can achieve great things too - and that when they do, they will be celebrated for it.  Please sign this petition to join us at The Sevenoaks Chronicle, Lizzy’s local paper, in sending a strong message to the Royal Mail, that they should take the step to honour Lizzy’s great achievement for our nation and #PaintItGoldForLizzy. 

Sean Paul Doran
63,826 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Royal Mail

Royal Mail: Stop your rubber bands harming wildlife - biodegradable bands are not enough

Many of the two million rubber bands used by Royal Mail annually are dropped by postal workers in the street, where they can end up killing or hurting British wildlife. Animals get easily tangled up in the bands and injured, or if a young individual gets a band stuck around themselves it can dig into its flesh as the animal grows causing infections and serious injuries.  Royal Mail need to introduce a truly wildlife friendly alternative to the current bands. Even though Royal Mail claim the current bands are biodegradable, they can persist in the environment long enough to hurt or kill wildlife. The bands easily enter waterways and end up in the sea, where they pose a risk to marine life.  A recent survey found that the British hedgehog population has more than halved since 2000, and they are known to be injured by rubber bands. The British public are sick of seeing this litter in their streets and want Royal Mail to take action now. Royal Mail's current advice is for the public to submit a complaint if they see a postal worker dropping a rubber band, but this is not good enough. The problem is far too widespread for this to ever work. And while Royal Mail ask their postal workers not to litter, that message is clearly not working. Royal Mail need to take responsibility for the large amount of litter they are allowing to enter the environment and come up with an alternative.    

Willow Outhwaite
1,800 supporters
Royal Mail - don't close the Carnoustie sorting office.

Royal Mail is exploring the option of relocating the Carnoustie Delivery Office to its Dundee East Delivery Office in Spring 2016. This is part of Royal Mail’s ongoing transformation of its business and its work to increase the efficiency of its operations. Before any decision is taken to relocate a delivery office, we talk to our union and our staff to seek their feedback, which we have begun to do this week. If the move does go ahead, detailed planning will take place to ensure a smooth transition for our operations, our people and the service we provide to our customers. One of the things we look at is how far customers would have to travel to collect any undelivered mail and if we can find a local solution. Whenever a delivery office move goes ahead, we would always offer our customers alternative means of receiving undelivered items of mail, including delivery to neighbour, re-delivery to the addressee or to another local address specified by the customer. We will communicate any decision about the relocation of this office to our customers as soon as it has been made, and we have discussed it with our union and our staff.

4 years ago
A stamp to honour Sir Nicholas Winton

It is great to see so many people taking an interest in our Special Stamp programme. One of the purposes of Royal Mail stamps is to honour those who have made important contributions to the UK, and every year we consider hundreds of subjects for inclusion. It is clear that Sir Nicholas Winton is a worthy candidate. Much of our stamp programme is agreed more than two years in advance and there is a fairly lengthy process for approving who (or what) we celebrate. Royal Mail collates all the subjects and then carries out careful and extensive research to arrive at the final list of stamp subjects. The proposals have to pass through several committees before we arrive at the final list. And finally, all stamps must be approved by Her Majesty the Queen. It is clear that there is a strong desire to see Sir Nicholas Winton honoured on a stamp. Given the time frames we work to, it is unlikely he would feature on a stamp in 2016, but do be assured that his name will be put forward for consideration in a stamp issue beyond then.

4 years ago