THE UK’s rate of inflation fell to 10.1% in March, the latest official figures show.
It comes after it rose unexpectedly in February to 10.4% after falling for three months in a row.
The UK’s rate of inflation fell to 10.1% in March
Inflation is a measure of how the price of goods and services have changed over the past year.
It has eased slightly since the eye-watering 11.1% seen in October, but is still close to a 40-year high.
Prices are still rising, but at a slower rate than last month.
The slowdown is good news for stretched households, and some experts believe inflation has now peaked.
The ONS said that the drop in the price of fuel was part of the reason for the fall.
But this was off-set by increases for food and leisure activities.
Food prices and non-alcoholic beverages rose by a huge 19.2% in the year to March, up from 18.2% in February – the highest annual rate for over 45 years.
Grant Fitzner, chief economic at the ONS said: “Inflation eased slightly in March, but remains at a high level.
“The main drivers of the decline were motor fuel prices and heating oil costs, both of which fell after sharp rises at the same time last year.”
He added that clothing, furniture and household goods prices increased, but more slowly than they did one year ago.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said its important that inflation continues to fall to ease pressure on families and businesses.
He said: “The OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) is forecasting we will halve inflation this year – and we’ll continue supporting people with cost of living support worth an average of £3,300 per household over this year and last, funded through windfall taxes on energy profits.”
What does it mean for my money?
Falling inflation indicates that the cost of goods and services are still rising but at a slower rate.
But prices are still higher than they were.
Alastair Douglas, cheif executive of TotallyMoney said: “Inflation remains at sky-high levels, and is still a long way off the Bank of England’s 2% target.
“Meanwhile, people’s finances are being pushed to the brink, resulting in an increase in defaults on credit cards, loans and mortgages — a trend which is expected to continue over the next three months.”
Food and drink prices rose by 16.9% in the 12 months to December 2022, up from 16.5% in November.