date: 16 October 2012
embargo: For Immediate release
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics - which show that CPI inflation fell to 2.2 per cent and RPI inflation to 2.6 per cent in September - TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'This fall in inflation is welcome. However, these figures should be seen in the context of continuing real wage falls, which have meant families getting poorer every month for the last three years.
'Low-paid households will continue to feel the squeeze, especially with the new hike in energy prices that will see bills increase by as much as nine per cent.
'When you factor in plans to freeze benefits many families will still be under immense pressure to make ends meet.'
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Press release (300 words) issued 16 Oct 2012
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