Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes fall in inflation “thanks to the decisive action taken by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak”

News / Wed 15th Nov 2023 at 10:04am

HARLOW Member of Parliament, Robert Halfon, has welcomed the news that inflation has been halved since January, thanks to the decisive action taken by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Cutting inflation is the only way to drive down the cost of living for Harlow residents, cutting the cost of everyday items. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning have confirmed that inflation has fallen from 10.7% to 4.6% since January, with the cost of items on the shelves in October at the lowest for over two years. Inflation is a tax on the money in people’s pocket and, by halving inflation, hard-working Harlow people will keep more of the money they earn. 

The world has been grappling with a spike in inflation due to Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. This Conservative Government has delivered on their pledge to halve inflation and cut the cost of living, whilst also supporting every household as part of the Conservative Government’s record £94 billion cost of living support package asserts Mr Halfon.

These measures include:

  • £900 in cost of living payments for 12,700 families in Harlow in receipt of some means-tested benefits.
  • An average of £3,300 for every household to help with the cost of energy bills.
  • A thirteen year fuel duty freeze, with a five pence cut to the fuel duty rate for the last two years, saving Harlow drivers every time they go to the pumps. 
  • Extra £300 cost of living payments for pensioners and those in receipt of disability benefits. 
  • £150 rebate on winter electricity bills for an additional three million low-income households this year through the Warm Homes Discount. 
  • £25 per week Cold Weather Payment for eligible households throughout the winter whenever the temperature drops below zero degrees for more than seven days.
  • The Pension Triple Lock to ensure those in receipt of the state pension have received an inflation-beating increase to their pension this year.
  • Over £1 billion in discretionary funding for local authorities to help the most vulnerable in their communities.

Commenting on the news that inflation has been halved, Mr Halfon said, “I have always worked hard to cut the cost of living for hard working Harlow families. Since being elected in 2010, I have successfully campaigned to freeze fuel duty for thirteen years, even securing a further cut to fuel duty the year before last. 

“It is good to see that the Prime Minister’s decisive action is paying off. Inflation has been halved in less than a year, which means the cost of living has also been halved. This will ease the pressures on local people, meaning they can keep more of the money they earn.

“Hard working Harlow people will be better off, thanks to this Conservative Government’s work to halve inflation and cut the cost of living.” 

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13 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes fall in inflation “thanks to the decisive action taken by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak”:

2023-11-15 11:41:20

Did he not realise that it was this Conservative government that caused the current inflation rate problem?

2023-11-15 12:21:31

Everybody knows the fall in inflation has been caused by a drop in energy prices. When energy prices pushed inflation up the Conservatives blamed the world situation, when inflation fell because energy prices fell, the Conservatives want to claim credit. My advice is don't vote for people that continually try to fool you.

2023-11-15 12:23:36

Just to give the readers of Your Harlow a little added context: in the USA, inflation has fallen from 6.4% in January to 3.7% today. In Germany, inflation has fallen from 8.7% in January to 3.8% today. Are these similar falls in inflation also a result of decisive action on the part of their respective governments, or perhaps indicative of a broader global economic trend?

gary roberts
2023-11-15 13:23:11

Mr. Halfon you can fool some people some of the time, but not all of the time. Mr. Sunak had nothing to do with the fall in inflation. It was the Bank of England who raised interest rates to deal with your other leader, Ms. Truss, who tried and nearly succeeded in destroying the economy last year. And who paid for that: everyone. My advice to you is to go back to your office and prepare for retirement and photo opportunities.

Luke Burton
2023-11-15 13:33:10

Utter rubbish. It really is quite insulting to the people of Harlow to claim inflation going down (which just means prices go UP a little slower) has anything to do with the actions of Sunak and Hunt. You cannot say on the one hand inflation increasing has everything to do with international factors out of the govt's concern whilst at the same time claiming inflation going down has everything to do with the govt.

Guy Flegman
2023-11-15 17:15:25

It’s funny how politicians try to take the credit when things get better but always blame things out of their control when things go wrong. I am sure they would try totake the credit for the sun rising given half the chance

2023-11-15 17:32:44

You voted against the triple lock 2 years ago.

2023-11-15 18:13:09

Yea! Things are getting worse at a slightly lower rate! Hooray for the poor bankers getting their bonuses again! Hooray for cuts to disabled claimants, paying for tax cuts for the most well off. Again. Hooray for electric/gas/fuel prices at their lowest ever! Not. https://newsthump.com/2023/11/15/inflation-is-only-coming-down-because-of-the-things-we-are-doing-insists-government-that-claimed-there-was-nothing-they-could-do-to-influence-inflation-when-it-was-going-up-2/

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-15 18:21:11


2023-11-15 18:40:40

Inflation is rate of change, it is measuring how much the price of things are increasing. The government created this problem with printing money in covid. Of course after a while the rate of change decreases HOWEVER, the prices still remain at the higher level. So all the cons have done is increase prices for everyone and then tney expect you to be happy when it does not increase as much as it was previously. Robert either knows this and is towing the party line or he does not understand it, either way he is unfit to continue to be our Towns MP. But we do no need Chris Vince either, lets go with an independent and someone who actually cares about the town and its people not thier political career

2023-11-15 22:27:10

Very little to do with the actions of Rishi, what he is responsible for is the highest levels of direct and indirect taxation both on businesses and individuals, forcing himself as party leader without a democratic vote from the membership, sacking a home secretary for simply saying what the vast majority of the country are thinking. Little wonde the Conservative Party has gone from an 80 seat majority to almost total wipeout.

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-16 10:00:48

Anybody else noticed, , a lot of products you carnt buy in shops any more.? And those products have doubled in price on line.. There taking the mick out of us.

J. M. Gamble
2023-11-16 20:53:06

Mr Halfon welcomes the fall in inflation, which was caused by his Tory party Prime Minister Liz Truss's budget. I wonder whether he voted for her or indeed for her budget?

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