Prices

Fact checks related to the economy in the UK, spending, house prices, public transport, and inflation measures such as the CPI and RPI

11 December 2018

Wage growth is only the fastest in a decade if you ignore inflation

Weekly wages in cash terms are rising at their fastest rate in a decade. But accounting for inflation it’s only the fastest for two years.

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Wage growth is only the fastest in a decade if you ignore inflation
2 November 2018

Water rip-off? Are water bills up 40% since privatisation?

Water bills rose sharply after privatisation in 1989 but have been falling slightly in recent years, due to regulatory oversight.

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Water rip-off? Are water bills up 40% since privatisation?
1 November 2018

How have wages changed over the past decade?

The UK average weekly wage has fallen from around £540 to £520 in real terms over the past 10 years. Wages have levelled off since 2016.

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How have wages changed over the past decade?
11 July 2018

The government hasn’t u-turned on energy price caps

The government did introduce legislation to allow for temporary energy tariff caps, as promised in the 2017 Conservative manifesto.

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The government hasn’t u-turned on energy price caps
8 June 2018

Are rail fares out of control?

The average rail fare in Britain has increased by 20% in real terms since 1995, though it dropped by 1% between 2017 and 2018.

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Are rail fares out of control?
24 November 2017

Are we spending more than half our income on rent?

There are 12 local authorities where the person on the average salary would have to spend 60% or more of their income to pay the average private rent.

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Are we spending more than half our income on rent?
2 November 2017

Economy introductions: the idea behind interest rate changes

An introduction to why the Bank of England changes its interest rates.

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Economy introductions: the idea behind interest rate changes
27 October 2017

Will getting rid of EU tariffs help the worst off?

Higher tariffs make what we buy from other countries more expensive.

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Will getting rid of EU tariffs help the worst off?
13 September 2017

Are household savings at their lowest in 50 years?

The household saving ratio has hit an all-time low, but the figures don’t quite tell the full story

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Are household savings at their lowest in 50 years?
7 June 2017

Energy bills under the Conservatives

The Committee on Climate Change has said that household bills in 2016 were lower than they were in 2008, due to reductions in energy use.

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Energy bills under the Conservatives

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