CPI inflation rate plunges to just 0.2% amid Eat Out scheme

CPI inflation rate plunges to just 0.2 PER CENT as government’s Eat Out discount scheme and tumbling air fares keep prices down

  • The CPI measure of inflation fell from 1 per cent in July to 0.2 per cent in August
  • The government’s Eat Out scheme and lower air fares contributed to the fall
  • It was the sharpest monthly drop in the inflation rate seen for two years 

Inflation plunged last month as the government’s Eat Out scheme and tumbling air fares suppressed prices.

The CPI measure dropped from 1 per cent in July to just 0.2 per cent in August, according to official figures.

The sharpest fall in years was driven by Rishi Sunak’s discount of up to half price on meals out, but also by lower prices as the travel industry desperately tried to entice customers.

The only major offsetting effect came from higher costs of games, toys and hobbies, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

Inflation has been particularly volatile due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, but the numbers could reduce pressure on the Bank of England to ease its monetary stimulus or raise interest rates.

The CPI measure dropped from 1 per cent in July to just 0.2 per cent in August, according to official figures

Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: ‘The cost of dining out fell significantly in August thanks to the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme and VAT cut, leading to one of the largest falls in the annual inflation rate in recent years.

‘For the first time since records began, air fares fell in August as fewer people travelled abroad on holiday.

‘Meanwhile the usual clothing price rises seen at this time of year, as autumn ranges hit the shops, also failed to materialise.’

Rishi Sunak (pictured on a visit to a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday) has hailed the Eat Out discount scheme as a huge success

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