Monetary Policy

Risk that inflation could become “a chronic problem”, says IEA expert


Housing and Planning

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Spectator

Government and Institutions

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

Responding to today’s inflation figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“While the inflation rate is still low, a sharp rise in one month is concerning and is unlikely to be a one off. As the economy opens up we will see a classic case of too much money chasing too few goods. 

“There has been rampant money printing at home and abroad. That money has been sitting in people’s bank accounts and can now finally be spent. Supply has been restricted by furlough, social distancing and other Covid policies. 

“We have all the ingredients for a bout of inflation. The only question is whether it will be short and sharp or if it will become a chronic problem leading to higher interest rates and a downward spiral.”


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