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Latest RPI figure shows inflation at 2.5%

Cost of Living - Going Up


The retail price index is the inflation measure that Unite believes best reflects real costs.

The latest RPI figure shows inflation at 2.5%

On 13 February the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest retail price index (RPI) figure. It shows that prices are up 2.5% from a year ago.


Fares and other travel costs are up 3.9%


Rail fares have risen 4.3% and other travel costs are up 4.1%.


Clothing and footwear are up 4.5%


Women’s clothes have risen 7.1% while new gear for the kids is 4.1% more expensive than last year and men’s outerwear is up 3.8%.


Leisure services are up 5.1%


Foreign holidays are up 6.4%, while the price of holidays in the UK has risen 5% over the past year.


Household services are up 3.3%


Telephones, telemessages, etc. cost 4.4% more than last year.


Catering is up 3%


Take-away meals and snacks have gone up 3.5% over the last year! Canteen meals were up 2.8%. The price of a meal in a restaurant was up 2.6%.


The housing association sector remains highly profitable generating massive surpluses but some, such as L&Q, are using any excuse to squeeze their staff, see here.  These inflation figures show why we cant accept a squeeze from the employers.


27 March 2019


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