New Inflation rates for year to February 2019

Head Office Circular No. NP/052/19/MC

To all Branches and Regional Councils

20th March 2019

Dear Colleagues

New Inflation rates for year to February 2019

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to February 2019. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 2.5%, unchanged on the year to January 2019. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 1.9% (up from 1.8%) and 1.8% (unchanged) 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