UK inflation jumps to 11.1% on again of power and meals value rises

The UK’s annual inflation charge hit a 41-year-high of 11.1% final month at the same time as assist was supplied to households by the introduction of the federal government’s power value assure.

Dearer meals additionally contributed to a 2% leap in costs in October alone, serving to to push the rise in the price of residing over the earlier 12 months to a degree not seen since October 1981.

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) stated households have been paying 90% extra for gasoline, electrical energy and different fuels than they have been a yr earlier. Meals value inflation rose from 14.6% to 16.4% – its highest degree since 1977.

An increase in inflation had been anticipated by the Metropolis however the rise within the annual charge from 10.1% in September was markedly steeper than the ten.7% determine economists had forecast and was an unwelcome piece of stories for Jeremy Hunt earlier than Thursday’s autumn assertion.

Responding to the figures, the chancellor, stated: “We can’t have long-term, sustainable progress with excessive inflation. Tomorrow I’ll set out a plan to get debt falling, ship stability, and drive down inflation whereas defending essentially the most weak.”

The ONS stated the introduction of the power value assure for households, initially set for 2 years and since lowered to 6 months, restricted the rise in electrical energy, gasoline and different fuels costs to 24.3% between September and October, with gasoline costs rising by 36.9% and electrical energy costs by 16.9%.

With out the assure, the rise would have been 75% and the general annual inflation charge 13.8%, it added.

Inflation as measured by the patron costs index stood at 4.2% in October 2021 however has moved steadily greater over the previous 12 months. Core inflation, which strips out meals, power, tobacco and alcohol, remained unchanged at 6.5%.

The rise was anticipated by the Financial institution of England in its newest quarterly financial coverage report. Threadneedle Avenue stated inflation would stay excessive and solely fall again in direction of 10% within the first three months of 2023.

The ONS chief economist, Grant Fitzner, stated: “Rising gasoline and electrical energy costs drove headline inflation to its highest degree for over 40 years regardless of the power value assure. Over the previous yr, gasoline costs have climbed almost 130% whereas electrical energy has risen by about 66%.

“Will increase throughout a spread of meals gadgets additionally pushed up inflation. These have been partially offset by motor fuels, the place common petrol costs fell on the month, whereas the value for diesel rose taking the disparity in value between the 2 fuels to the very best on file.

“There was additional proof that prices dealing with companies are rising extra slowly, pushed by crude oil and petroleum costs.”

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