Britain, like the rest of Europe, is feeling the pinch of rising prices -- in the food stores, in public transport and in services like the telephones.
GV Streets scene PAN TO Supermarket
GV INT People shop and look at prices (2 shots)
CU & CU PANS Meat and prices (4 shots)
MV ZOOM INTO CU Woman looking at egg prices and returning eggs to shelves.
SCU PAN Bread on shelf
CU ZOOM OUT Fish in trays
SV Woman talks to fishmonger.
CU Activity at cash desk (3 shots)
CU Sign & GVs Railway station train arriving; People alighting and train away (4 shots)
SV Sign Post Offices ZOOM OUT TO GVs Same (2 shots)
CU Telephone being dialled
GVs & SV For sale and sold signs outside houses (5 shots)
GVs CU & CU PAN Building Society window and sign (6 shots)
GVs Volkswagen showroom with care (2 shots)
GV, CU & CV Volve showroom (3 shots)
SHOPPER: "How much are the cod fillets today, please?"
FISHMONGER: "54 pence a pound, my dear."
SHOPPER: "Oh dear, dear...I'll have just half a pound."
FISHMONGER: "Very nice, very tasty."
Initials BB/0009 DW/DS/BB/0036
This film includes an exchange on price between a fish shop owner and a woman shopper:
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Background: Britain, like the rest of Europe, is feeling the pinch of rising prices -- in the food stores, in public transport and in services like the telephones.
In all, there have been some 6,000 price increases this year in Britain. Britain has had the highest rise in the consumer price index of any of its European Economic Community partners.
Cars have been allows to increase 7 per cent in price and the Price Commission has allowed car components to be increased.
Food prices have gone up 16 per cent in a year, with the fresh foods -- dairy products, eggs, meat and fish, -- even higher. Fresh foods are not pegged under the price and wage controls instituted by the U.K. government at Westminster.
It's this disparity, between wage increases that are hold to a bare minimum to fight inflation and food and consumer goods prices that have galloped ahead, that is causing increasing criticism of government policies.
Government authorities are now saying that beef and bacon and some other goods may never come down in price again.
The price rises have been blamed on a general world shortage, coupled, paradoxically, with an increase n living standards that has boosted demand. For Britain, there is the added impact of its recent membership in the EEC.
The adoption of Common market rules on food has had the effect of driving up the prices of traditionally inexpensive foods. The EEC common agricultural policy, for example, encourages production by giving producers a guaranteed price even if the market slumps. This inflates food costs, though it is aimed a lowering them in the long run by increasing supply.