Inflation for the year to May 2022

Head Office Circular No. NP/142/22

To all Branches and Regional Councils

22nd June 2022

Dear Colleagues

New Inflation rates for year to May 2022

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published[1] inflation rates for the year to May 2022. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) increased to 11.7%, a further 0.6% increase from 11.1% for the year to April 2022.

The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH increased to 9.1% (up 0.1% from April) and 7.9% (up 0.1% from April) respectively.

Your union’s policy is to use the RPI rate in all pay negotiations. Should an employer attempt to use alternative inflation measures during pay talks, please inform the National Policy department as soon as possible.

I would be grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all members in your Branch.

Yours sincerely


Michael Lynch
General Secretary