Immigration minister thinks lower inflation could help Government's negotiations with public sector unions

The immigration minister said a reduction in the rate of inflation could help strengthen the Government's hand in negotiations with public sector unions over strikes. Inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index has fallen to 10.5% from 10.7%. Speaking on GB News, Robert Jenrick said: "That will make life easier for everyone, and hopefully that will make it easier to settle these disputes. "What we've said to the unions across the public sector is: 'Come in and talk to us about next year's pay.' We're going to be very open - in fact we already have done, in most cases - of setting out what we think the costs and affordability challenges are across the public sector, what we think inflation is likely to be over the course of this coming year, and then work to find a sensible way forward that is affordable to the taxpayer and which doesn't add to inflation."