The price of dwelling continued to soar final month, laying naked the problem the chancellor faces forward of his spring spending assertion on Wednesday.
Costs rose by 6.2% within the 12 months to February – the quickest for 30 years – as gasoline, vitality and meals prices surged.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak faces rising calls to supply extra assist as family budgets are squeezed.
Costs are rising quicker than wages and the Financial institution of England thinks it might hit double digits this yr.
There may be hypothesis Mr Sunak might reduce gasoline responsibility, enhance advantages and lift the edge for nationwide insurance coverage when he shares his spending plans at noon at the moment.
Inflation is the speed at which costs rise. If a bottle of milk prices £1 and that rises by 5p, then milk inflation is 5%.
The speed of inflation has been at a 30-year excessive since December and is anticipated to accentuate in April when the vitality worth cap is lifted.
It will push up the common family gasoline invoice up by £693 a yr in England, Scotland and Wales, whereas a deliberate rise in Nationwide Insurance coverage may also put strain on family budgets.