Inflation hike blamed on household costs and tuition fees

The government suffered a big blow today as new figures showed the cost of living went up by half a percent to 2.7 per cent between September and October.

The hike in university tuition fees and increasing household food costs are being blamed.

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Tuition fees push inflation up

UK inflation leapt to 2.7% last month after university students were hit with a near-trebling in tuition fees and households faced rising food costs, official figures revealed.