New Inflation rates for year to August 2019

Head Office Circular No. NP/166/19

To all Branches and Regional Councils

19th September 2019

Dear Colleagues

New Inflation rates for year to August 2019

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to August 2019. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 2.6%, down 0.2% on the year to July 2019. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 1.7% (down 0.4%) and 1.7% (down 0.3%) respectively.

Your union’s policy is to use the RPI rate for 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


Mick Cash
General Secretary