Inflation set to hit 9.1 per cent
The financial pain felt by households in the UK is set to be laid bare today as official figures showing how much prices are increasing by are released.
New data from the Office for National Statistics is expected to show that inflation hit 9.1 per cent in the year to April, as measured by the consumer prices index (CPI), as energy bills soared during the month.
April’s figure will beup from seven per cent in March, and if the forecasts are right will be the highest one-year increase in consumer prices since the CPI records began in 1989. The Bank of England has already predicted that inflation will soar above 10 per cent this year.
Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape
A Tory MP remains in custody today after being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault offences spanning seven years.
Scotland Yard said the unnamed man in his 50s was also detained on suspicion of indecent assault, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office.
The Metropolitan Police said officers received a report in January 2020 relating to alleged sexual offences committed in London between 2002 and 2009.
Rising costs could force schools to shrink children’s meals, warns food boss
Schools may have to reduce portion sizes for children’s meals because of ratcheting costs, the boss of one of the UK’s biggest food wholesalers has warned.
Andrew Selley, chief executive of Bidfood, said schools might also use cheaper ingredients in a bid to counter rapidly rising food prices.
‘The situation is going to lead to some difficult decisions for school caterers,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘Either they are going to serve smaller portions or use cheaper ingredients, which is not going to be good for children.’
EU threatens to retaliate if UK overhauls Northern Ireland Protocol
The EU has threatened to retaliate with ‘all measures at its disposal’ if the UK proceeds with controversial plans to rip up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Foreign secretary Liz Truss has set out her intention to bring forward legislation within weeks, overwriting parts of