Treasury minister David Gauke
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Treasury minister David Guake reacts to inflation rise

The rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation in the UK matched its record high in September, rising to 5.2% from 4.5% the month before.

September's CPI is key because it will be used to set the amount by which the state pension and Jobseeker's Allowance will rise next April.

Treasury minister, David Gauke, told the BBC that the figures highlight the government need to be prudent with public finances.

Mr Gauke added that steps have been taken to try and help households, such as a freeze in council tax and a reduction in fuel duty.

  • 18 Oct 2011
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