New Inflation rates for year to December 2017

Head Office Circular No. NP/08/18


To the Secretary, all Branches and Regional Councils          Tuesday 16 January 2018



Dear Colleagues


New Inflation rates for year to December 2017


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to December 2017. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 4.1%, up 0.2% on the year to November 2017. The often quoted, but irrelevant for pay purposes alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 3.0% (down 0.1%) and 2.7% (down 0.1%) 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