New Inflation rates for year to January 2022

Head Office Circular No. NP/44/22

To all Branches and Regional Councils

16th February 2022

Dear Colleagues

New Inflation rates for year to January 2022

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published[1] inflation rates for the year to January 2022. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) increased to 7.8%, a 0.3% increase from 7.5% for the year to December 2021.

The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH increased to 5.5% (up 0.1% from November) and 4.9% (up 0.1% from November), 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