Cost of Living

Remember when they said last month’s drop in inflation was a blip? Well it was. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer price index, stands at 9.2% for June 2022, up from 8.1% in May 2022.

This rise is in large part due to a significant increase in food prices between May and June, adding to previous rises in energy and travel costs.

The category ‘Transport’ remains the largest contributor to the rate of inflation, providing a 3.2% increase in the overall 12-month rate, followed by ‘Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ a 2.4% increase. Six items within the ‘Transport’ category show significant increases. ‘Petrol and Oil’ experienced the biggest increase in prices (39.8%), followed by ‘Sea Travel’ (21.8%) and ‘Other Travel costs’ (17.8%).

Within ‘Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’, ‘Oils and other fuels’ experienced the biggest increase in prices (96.8%) compared to the same month last year.

Three Peaks

Gary Thomas from Onchan, is raising funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man by completing three different Three Peaks Challenges around the UK on three consecutive days.

The first challenge will be taking place on July 19 where he will start with the Yorkshire Tree Peaks Challenge followed by The National Three Peaks Challenge and the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge.

In those three days, Gary will do over 1,000 miles of driving around the country from the Yorkshire Dales to the Scottish Highlands and back down to the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, 64 miles (102 km) of walking and almost 7,000 metres (22,865 feet) of climbing. To compare, Mount Everest is 8,848 metres and Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres. Gary will be assisted by his friend Steve, who will be doing all the driving, cooking, medical support and encouragement!

Gary said: ‘Training has been underway right from the point of challenge conception late last year and has included lots of walking over various distances, various terrains and through many differing weather conditions. This has been intermingled with some cycling to ease the hard impact. My motor vehicles have sat redundant for the last few months.

‘The hardest part has been getting nutrition and sports fuelling correct for the challenge itself, but after some fantastic advice, it has finally come together and now I feel confident that I am ready for the challenge in the next few days.’

Area Plan

A series of drop-in sessions will be held this week to promote as much engagement as possible, and planning officers will be available to discuss the Draft Area Plan for the North and West in detail as well as helping anyone who wishes to take part in the consultation:

Peel — House of Manannan

  • Wednesday-Friday 13-15 July: 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday 16 July: 9.30am to 2pm

Ramsey Town Hall

  • Wednesday 20 July: 9.30am to 7pm
  • Thursday-Friday 21-22 July: 9.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday 23 July: 9.30am to 2pm

The consultation and associated documents, which may be downloaded, can be found by visiting the Isle of Man Government’s online consultation hub at https://consult.gov.im/

Further information is available online at gov.im/northandwest

For those unable to access the consultation hub, a paper version of the consultation can be requested by emailing northandwest@gov.im or calling 686758.

The process will run for 12 weeks and conclude on Friday 16 September 2022.