Boots, shoes and the real inflation rate felt by Britain’s poorest people | Letters

Boots, shoes and the real inflation rate felt by Britain’s poorest people | Letters

The “Sam Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness” (Charge-of-dwelling disaster: Jack Monroe hails ONS update of inflation calculations, 26 January) was not invented by Terry Pratchett.

Paul Jennings expressed precisely the exact same thought in his Observer column Oddly More than enough in 1954: “You find, for instance, that you have got to have a new pair of shoes, so you hurry into a shop and get some some affordable ones, and they are worn out in 3 months. But if you ended up on 1 of the interior platforms [Jennings’ term for the rich] you would go calmly into a alternatively splendid store and buy the form of sneakers that are purchased by males on depart in London from Africa, or down from their Scottish moorland estates.

“Twenty many years later on these men are even now donning the exact same sneakers, they photograph them with mud on, they produce letters which may be inspected at the head office of the shoe company. But the point is that after these 20 decades, inner circle guys have used significantly fewer on shoes than outside the house adult men.”

I really don’t know whether Terry Pratchett was knowledgeable of this short article when he wrote Males at Arms, but the similarity is putting.
Peter Johnstone
St John’s College or university, Cambridge

Larry Elliott stories that the Business for Countrywide Figures plans to give a substantially wider assortment of information with the formal price tag index, so that some others can examine how charges for the weak go up more rapidly than they do for the superior off. At a person time, the separate pensioner price index manufactured this completely obvious. Most likely that’s why George Osborne abolished it in 2014.

In this article at Canterbury and District food items bank, we checked the level of increase in the price tag of the standard meals parcel we offer. It rose by 6.5{60a183f9ccf2aa9a251eb66c9d6148f865cf5a88149132047c88e3693afcfa59} in 2020, and over 7{60a183f9ccf2aa9a251eb66c9d6148f865cf5a88149132047c88e3693afcfa59} in 2021, even though the formal purchaser rate index rose just 1.2{60a183f9ccf2aa9a251eb66c9d6148f865cf5a88149132047c88e3693afcfa59} and 5.4{60a183f9ccf2aa9a251eb66c9d6148f865cf5a88149132047c88e3693afcfa59}. This is an emergency. We want the £20 uplift in common credit rating restored and a severe food items plan for the United kingdom.
Peter Taylor-Gooby
Professor of social policy, College of Kent

It’s superior news that the Office of Nationwide Figures has listened to Jack Monroe, and is searching to publish revised inflation estimates that replicate the genuine effects on the poorest Uk citizens. Potentially we can go more, and use the exact same type of strategy to evaluate the government’s options for “levelling up”. Alternatively than focusing on the funds invested in the many techniques, we could measure them by how significantly they boost the disposable money of our poorest households.
Graham Head
London

 

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