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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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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 have revealed.
ITV News' Economics Editor Richard Edgar reports.
The near-trebling in tuition fees was the primary reason UK inflation leapt to 2.7% - up from 2.2% in October which is the largest increase in more than a year.
Education costs jumped by 19.1% last month - the largest since records began - the Office for National Statistics said.
Students starting at university this year will have to pay up to £9.000 a year - increased from a cap of £3,375 a year ago.
The rise in inflation was far more than economists had pencilled in and marks the first time inflation has risen since July.
The underlying rate of retail price index inflation rose to 3.1% in October from 2.6% in September, the ONS said.
The headline rate of retail price index inflation rose to 3.2% from 2.6% in September, the Office for National Statistics said.
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Inflation has risen from 2.2 per cent in September to 2.7 per cent in October largely due to the increase in tuition fees.