Issue date
19 May 2015

19 May 2015

Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation in negative territory for the first time since 1960 and core inflation falling further to 0.8 per cent, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The first period of negative inflation in over half a century could turn out to be the canary in the mine, signalling that there’s something very wrong with the recovery. And with the threat of deflation set to continue, the Chancellor’s plans for extreme cuts risk putting the economy into more serious trouble.

“We need a better plan for growth if we are going to have a recovery built to last with a firm foundation for improving living standards. Stagnating prices are not a sound foundation for the strong and sustained pay rises that workers have been waiting years for.”

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