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Household bills in Scotland rocket due to “Brexit bump”

Shoppers in Scotland are already feeling the impact of a damaging “Brexit bump” with average household bills having soared by more than four hundred pounds a year since the 2016 EU Referendum.

New research by the People’s Vote campaign shows that Scottish families are feeling the pinch because of the falling value of the pound, largely due to Brexit. The falling pound makes imported goods more expensive, driving inflation.

The figures show that prices of everyday goods have increased since the 2016 referendum, while an uncertain Brexit has meant that inflation in the UK has been much higher than in other Eurozone countries, fuelling the significant increase in the cost of living.

Every householder in Scotland has seen their bills rocket by £417 a year since the EU Referendum. That is especially galling for people in Scotland, who voted firmly to remain part of the European Union.

Every-day goods such as sliced bread, milk and butter have all seen big price increases in the last two years, hitting families in their pockets.

In June 2016, the price of 250g of butter averaged £1.36 - it now costs £1.79 - an increase of 43p. Coffee has seen a 26p increase for a 227g bag. Bread has seen a 4.5% price increase (6p per loaf). Sausages are up 45p a kilo. And salmon fillets have gone up a whopping £2.81 per kilo.

Hard-pressed householders trying to eat healthily have also been hit hard. Apples are up by 13p per kilo, superfood broccoli is up by 29p and tomatoes are 15p per kilo more expensive.

And in a blow to everyone who likes to relax with a drink after a hard day at work, the cost of a glass of wine has shot up by 21p per glass and a whiskey nip is up from £2.69 to £2.87.

Emma Currie, Scottish actor and leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:

“These figures show Brexit is already hitting everyone’s pockets in Scotland hard, and we haven’t even left the EU yet. Uncertainty and the risk of no-deal or a bad deal is already having an impact on our economy. That’s really frustrating for so many Scots who voted to stay part of the EU by a large margin.

“Despite the promise of increased funds for the NHS, greater prosperity and more money for government spending, this hasn’t materialised. Instead we’re seeing tighter budgets and less money in our pockets. As a mother it’s worrying to see the impact on our daily and family lives.

“It’s important Scotland demands a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal to ensure the best for our country.”

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Notes to editors

 Between June 2016 and June 2018, inflation in the UK has meant that prices went up by 4.959%, meaning that we all pay more for our goods (source 1, source 2 – ONS).

Inflation has been much higher in the UK than in the Eurozone because of Brexit. Researchers from People’s Vote have used Eurozone inflation in the last 2 years as an estimate for the level Britain would have experienced had we voted to remain. The difference between British and Eurozone inflation is multiplied by the average household expenditure for each UK region (source - ONS), giving people a figure for how much Brexit is costing them so far. This is on top of any Brexit effects on GDP, which has also been negatively affected by Brexit.

Region

Household expenditure (weekly)

Household expenditure (yearly)

Extra Household Expenditure (yearly) BREXIT

Extra HE (yearly)
NO BREXIT

Brexit Cost (yearly)

Scotland

£492

£25,600

£1,269

£852

£417

 

Some examples of products which have gone up in price since the EU referendum are listed in the table below. They were not used to calculate the top line figures but could be useful for illustrating the impact of inflation on people’s weekly shop.

Food

Jun-16

Jun-18

Change

Bread, white sliced loaf 800g

0.99

1.05

0.06

Sausages, per kg

4.52

4.97

0.45

Ham, per 113g

1.69

1.79

0.1

Milk, per pint

0.43

0.44

0.01

Cheddar KG

7.16

7.3

0.14

Butter, 250g

1.36

1.79

0.43

Apples, per kg

1.98

2.11

0.13

Bananas, per kg

0.85

0.93

0.08

Tomatoes, per kg

2.01

2.16

0.15

Lettuce, iceberg, each

0.51

0.58

0.07

Sugar, granulated, per kg

0.61

0.73

0.12

Whiskey nip

2.69

2.87

0.18

Wine, per 175ml glass

3.6

3.81

0.21

Broccoli

1.41

1.7

0.29

Salmon Fillet per kg

15.07

17.89

2.81

Coffee, ground per 227g

2.77

3.03

0.26