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Labour warned despite the fall in inflation, millions of families and pensioners will still be worse off.
Saga today expressed concern that older people are continuing to experience higher costs of living than the rest of the population.
Commenting on the inflation figures today TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
"This fall in inflation is welcome. However, these figures should be seen in the continuing real wage falls, which have meant families getting poorer every month for the last three years.
"Low-paid households will continue to feel the squeeze, especially with the new hike in energy prices that will see bills increase by as much as nine per cent. When you factor in plans to freeze benefits many families will still be under immense pressure to make ends meet."
- Inflation is now at its lowest level for nearly three years
- CPI is now less than half the 5.2% seen a year earlier
- But gas and electricity rises are expected to push it higher after four of the "big six" energy firms announced price rises
The headline rate of retail price index inflation fell to 2.6% from 2.9% in August. The consumer price index inflation fell to 2.2% in September.
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The fall in inflation should be good news, but rising energy prices combined with sluggish wage increases mean the impact may not be felt.
With energy bills about to rise again and food prices under pressure today's statistics could be the low point if inflation goes up again.