Inflation fell to 3.2 per cent in the year to March 2024, a slight drop from 3.4 per cent in February, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

This is the lowest inflation has been in two and a half years and is significantly down from the peak of 11.1 per cent in October 2023.

This fall was fuelled by food prices with prices rising less than a year ago and was the biggest downward contributor to the March inflation rate.

While the largest upward contributor to the inflation rate was motor fuel, according to the ONS.

Becky O’Connor, director of public affairs at PensionBee, said these figures showed inflation was “edging to normality” but still remained in slow progress.

She said: “For savers and investors, any nudging down in inflation while interest rates and investment growth remain higher on the whole, means greater rewards over time.

“In the context of average wage rises, if this dynamic continues, this could mean people feel more able to build savings back up and boost overall household resilience once again.

“Pensioners have just received a boost to state pension income of 8.5 per cent as a result of April’s triple lock rise, so this should mean enough headroom for older people, especially those who are dependent on their state pension for retirement income, keep on top of their bills.”

Karen Barrett, chief executive of Unbiased added the UK was still not “out of the woods”

“After all, prices are still actively rising, just at a slightly slower rate than before , and there’s no guarantee they’ll start falling anytime soon.

“One of the most disappointing aspects of how long this has gone on for is not just the Bank of England’s repeated shortcomings, but also the government’s lack of action to help people struggling with higher costs, especially soaring mortgage rates.

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