Tuesday 18th October 2011
Circular No. National Policy 194/11/MC
To the Secretary all Branches,
Council of Executive members,
Regional Councils and Regional Offices.
New Inflation Rates
The Office of National Statistics has just published new inflation figures for the twelve months to September 2011.
The Retail Price Index (RPI) for this twelve monthly period is 5.6%, up from the 5.2% figure for the twelve months to August 2011.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is 5.2% for the twelve months to September 2011. This is up 4.5% from the figure for the twelve months to August 2011.
The largest upward pressure to annual inflation came from:
Housing & household services where the upward effect was driven by gas and electricity
where average bills rose this year by 13.0 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively between
August and September but were unchanged a year ago.
In pay submissions the RMT will continue to emphasise that your financial commitments have increased at a much greater rate than inflation and your living standards have suffered as a result.