Royal Mail has been awarded a two-year contract to collect and deliver important council documents for 14 London boroughs.

The contract will allow the company to deliver documents such as council tax letters and polling cards.

It is the first of its kind for Royal Mail and the councils, with mail services purchased centrally in order to gain efficiencies

Rachel Winham, head of elections and local government for Royal Mail, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this significant contract.

“This contract is great news for Royal Mail, and for our employees. We look forward to working closely with the councils over the course of the contract and providing them with an excellent service.”

The 14 London councils covered are Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Hackney, Havering, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.