New Inflation rates for year to April 2021

Head Office Circular No. NP/162/21

To all Branches and Regional Councils

19th May 2021

Dear Colleagues

New Inflation rates for year to April 2021

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published inflation rates for the year to April 2021. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) increased to 2.9%, a sharp increase of 1.4% for the year to March 2021. The alternative measures of CPI were 1.5% (up 0.8%) and CPIH 1.6% (up 0.6%), 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