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Cost of Living

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the average increase in (a) fuel prices, (b) food prices, (c) house prices and (d) salary in each English region in each of the last five years. (219579)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the average increase in (a) fuel prices, (b) food prices, (c) house prices and (d) salary in each English region in each of the last five years. (219579)

Fuel and food prices for items included in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) are collected each month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Estimates are not produced at a regional level. Average increases at a national level for the last five years can be found at the following link:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/tsdtablesl.asp?vlnk=mm23

Average increases in house prices are recorded and published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). This information can be found via Live Table 593 at the following link:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/housingmarket/livetables/

Average levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.

A table showing the percentage increase in median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in each English region for the years 2003-2007 is attached. A table giving mixed-adjusted house price inflation is available from the House of Commons Library.

Percentage increase in median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in each English region for the years 2003-07

North East

North West

Yorkshire and The Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

East

London

South East

South West

2003

1

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

5

2004

7

5

5

3

5

4

5

4

3

2005

4

3

2

6

3

2

3

1

2

2006

4

4

3

4

3

4

3

4

4

2007

2

4

3

0

4

2

2

3

3

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics