A debate on the brownfield development and protecting the Green Belt has been scheduled for Westminster Hall for Thursday 9 February 2023. The debate will be opened by Wendy Morton MP.
The cost of living has been increasing in the UK since early 2021. In December 2022, Consumer Price Inflation was 10.5%, down from 11.1% in October 2022, a 41 year high.
The price of food, goods, energy and fuel have been increasing the most, due to high demand from customers and problems with supply chains. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also contributed.
The Government’s Energy Price Guarantee package caps energy bills until April 2023, which means the inflation rate is likely to be lower than it would have been under Ofgem’s household energy price cap. The OBR expect inflation to peak at 11.1% in Q4 2022.
Read all Library briefings on the cost of living
This briefing gives covers rising prices, particularly food, energy and fuel prices, including the effect of the conflict in Ukraine. It explains Government support and how high prices, interest rates and other policies will affect household budgets.
Inflation and the economy
This provides a summary of the announcements in the Autumn Statement of 17 November 2022 and an overview of the latest economic forecasts.
This briefing explains the background to the 2022 Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022.
This briefing sets out the background to the Chancellor’s fiscal statement on 23 September 2022.
This Insight analyses inflation, the Government’s debt interest payments, and the economic outlook in July 2022
This briefing provides data on the Consumer Price Index and Retail Price Index inflation indices.
Find summaries of the latest UK economic data
This interactive dashboard shows data on economic growth, inflation, trade, employment, government borrowing and debt across the UK.
Energy and fuel prices
This dashboard provides data on fuel poverty by constituency and small area for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
This briefing provides a guide to reliable sources of information to help answer common questions on new government support for energy bills introduced in 2022.
This briefing provides analysis of the Energy Prices Bill which includes provisions to reduce energy costs for consumers by capping energy bills and reducing wholesale electricity prices.
The Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme will provide a £400 discount on electricity bills to help households with the rising cost of energy. This briefing summarises the policy, first announced in February and updated in May and July 2022.
This briefing provides statistics on UK energy imports from Russia.
This briefing looks at how fuel poverty varies across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comments.
This briefing looks at how and why household energy prices have changed since 2010.
This briefing looks at how and why prices of petrol and diesel have changed since 1989.
This briefing discusses the approach taken by Labour, Coalition and Conservative Governments to taxing road fuels since 2010.
The effect of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on prices
This debate pack discusses how the Ukraine conflict is affecting UK food prices.
Support for households with increasing cost of living
This briefing provides an overview of the rules and payment arrangements for Cost of Living Payments, and answers frequently asked questions on this topic.
This outlines who is eligble for the council tax rebate and when and how it will be paid. It also outlines Scottish and Welsh schemes.
This briefing paper discusses the Social Security (Additional Payments) Bill 2022-23, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 June 2022, which gained Royal Assent on 28 June 2022.
This briefing provides background information on the rising cost of living and covers the Department for Work and Pensions’ spending plans to support households.
How rising prices are affecting households
This briefing provides statistics and forecasts for household debt, the impact of the cost of living and analysis on how debt effects the economy.
This briefing provides levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including how the rising cost of living is affecting people in poverty.
Food poverty: Households, food banks and free school meals
This paper provides statistics on household food insecurity, food bank usage and free school meals in the UK, and tracks the impact of rising prices.
This briefing provides statistics from the Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network on the number of food banks and food bank use. It also looks at the effect of the rising cost of living on foodbanks.
This insight explains how high inflation reduces the value of benefits in real terms. It also explore the extent to which the Government’s Cost of Living Payments will change households’ monthly incomes.
This Insight explains the effect of rising cost of living on food banks and the people who use the
Rent and housing costs
This paper considers the impact of inflation on rent and mortgage payments and the Government response.
This briefing discusses the affordability of private renting and home ownership, and the supply of affordable housing.
This briefing covers the savings made through changes to Housing Benefit and the Universal Credit housing cost element since 2010, as well as the impact of these policies and the debates on them.
This dashboard provides constituency-level data on house prices and shows the affordability of house prices in each area in England and Wales.
Rail fares and transport costs
This Insight looks at why and by how much rail fares will increase in 2023
Mobile and broadband costs
This briefing looks at affordability issues and consumer protection measures in the telecommunications market. Section 3 discusses affordability, including social tariffs and inflation-linked price increases. Section 5 covers how service providers should treat vulnerable customers and customers in debt.
This Insight considers how students are being affected by rising rent and food prices.
This constituency casework article sets out what support is available to students across the UK to help with their living costs.
This briefing looks at recent levels of public maintenance support for students in England, how these compare to inflation and whether the overall level of support is adequate.
The High Income Child Benefit Charge provides for Child Benefit to be clawed back through the tax system from families where the highest earner has an income in excess of £50,000.
A Westminster Hall debate has been scheduled for 9.30am on Wednesday 8 February on the performance of South West Water. The debate will be opened by Simon Jupp MP.