Catalogue description Civil Service Department: Counter-Inflation Publicity (Policy) Unit: Correspondence, Minutes and Reports

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Reference: BA 9
Title: Civil Service Department: Counter-Inflation Publicity (Policy) Unit: Correspondence, Minutes and Reports

Files and publicity material from the Counter-Inflation Publicity (Policy) Unit concerning the Government's counter-inflation policy between 1975-1977.

The series includes material on research undertaken on public attitudes to counter-inflation by the Central Office of Information and advertising agency, Boase, Massimi, Pollitt.

Date: 1975-1977

Chronological within subject

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Counter-Inflation Publicity (Policy) Unit, 1975-1977

Physical description: 68 files and volumes
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Immediate source of acquisition:

In 1986 Cabinet Office

Custodial history: Records passed to Cabinet Office on abolition of the Civil Service Department in 1981
Accruals: No future accruals expected
Publication note:

The Attack on Inflation (Cmnd 6151), 1975 The Attack on Inflation: the Second Year (Cmnd 6507), 1976

Administrative / biographical background:

The Counter-Inflation Publicity (Policy) Unit (CIPU) was set up in 1975 after the publication of the White Paper, The Attack on Inflation, to assist the presentation of the Government's counter-inflation policy. The unit was headed by Geoffrey Goodman, with Lord Jacobson acting as honorary part-time adviser.

In May 1976, Lord (Hugh) Cudlipp was appointed by the Prime Minister to advise him on counter-inflation policy, and Cudlipp took charge of CIPU at the same time.

In June 1976, a new White Paper, The Attack on Inflation: the Second Year proposed a five per cent pay limit. The unit was given responsibility for producing leaflets about the policy for public distribution. However with improved economic conditions, it was decided not to issue the leaflet. After this, CIPU was abolished in May 1977, on the advice of Lord Cudlipp, and its responsibilities for publicity transferred to appropriate individual departments.

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