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RPI consultation: Financial Times, 3 November 2012

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Letter for publication in response to a reader's letter in the Financial Times, 3 November 2012

Issue date: 05 November 2012
Type: Letter to the Press

Sir

Mike Post suggests (Letters, 3 November 2012) that the ONS consultation on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) is intended to reduce the RPI to the level of the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), and that there is a political dimension to the consultation.

I stress that this is an independent statistical consultation being undertaken by the National Statistician, and has been decided on without any pressure from Government or anyone else. It invites views on the statistical merits of a range of options, including one for no change. There is no pre-determined outcome.

The majority of the evidence supporting the consultation has been available in the public domain for some time. Moreover, the contents of the consultation were announced by the National Statistician on 18 September, meaning there should be adequate time for users to respond. It is important to ONS that users send their views on the options and they can be sent to RPIConsultation@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Yours faithfully,

Derek Bird,

Head of Prices Division,
Office for National Statistics,
Government Buildings,
Cardiff Road,
Newport NP10 8XG

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