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13
June
2017
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11:01
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Inflation squeeze hits UK households to the tune of £21.7bn

Andrew Tully, pensions technical director, Retirement Advantage
Inflation is the hidden force that can wreak havoc with retirement plans.
Andrew Tully, pensions technical director, Retirement Advantage
  • UK households will collectively need to find an extra £21.7bn to maintain standard of living
  • Retirees will need to find an extra £187 a week if inflation averages 2% over 20 years

The latest data shows UK inflation (CPI) grew by 2.9% in May 2017, up from 2.7% in April1. This change in inflation leaves UK households collectively needing to find an extra £21.7bn2 a year to maintain their standard of living compared to 12 months ago, according to Retirement Advantage.

Each household will typically need to spend an extra £797 a year to maintain their standard of living compared to a year ago.

Andrew Tully, pensions technical director, Retirement Advantage commented: ‘Households across the UK will be left reeling from the latest inflation numbers. We are feeling the financial pressure of rising prices and flat wage growth, as evidenced by the slowdown in consumer spending and impact on living standards.’

The cost of living rises can have a significant impact on people with fixed incomes, including retirees who typically live off pension income. Over the course of a 20 year retirement, if inflation averaged 2%, the typical retired household would need to find a further £187 a week to maintain their standard of living.

Impact of inflation on retired households who currently spend £386 a week3

Average inflation

Over 10 years (an increase of)

Over 20 years (an increase of)

2%

£470 (£84 extra a week or 22%)

£573 (£187 extra a week or 48%)

3%

£518 (£132 extra a week or 34%)

£697 (£311 extra a week or 80%)

Andrew Tully said: ‘Inflation is the hidden force that can wreak havoc with retirement plans. People thinking about their future need to consider how they can mitigate against losing half or more of their spending power over the course of retirement. The new retirement accounts create the flexibility for people to bank a guaranteed income to pay the bills and can leave money invested to pay for life’s little luxuries and help protect against inflation.

‘A professional financial adviser can help you decide the best course of action for your personal circumstances and ensure you stay on track to enjoy the retirement you have worked hard for.’

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  1. Source: Statistics Consumer Price Index (May 2017).
  2. Source: Retirement Advantage calculations based on the ONS Family Spending Report 2016 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/expenditure/datasets/householdexpenditurebyageofhouseholdreferencepersonuktablea9
  3. Source: Retirement Advantage analysis of ONS Family Spending Report 2016 which shows the average household expenditure for the over 65 age group is £386.50.