Energy bill hikes push inflation to highest level this year

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Increased household energy bills pushed the rate of inflation to its highest level this year in April – rising to 2.1%.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the increase – from a rate of 1.9% in March – was mostly the result of a higher energy price cap on default tariffs, set by the regulator Ofgem, coming into force.

Electricity and gas prices rose 10.9% and 9.3% respectively between March and April.

The ONS also cited the timing of Easter, as the cost of air and ferry tickets soared, and rising fuel costs.

However, there was a downward effect from hotels as costs rose by less than a year ago.

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