|Cost of living moving up |
*The cost of living kept an upward trend during January and February this year recording an average of 111.72 compared to 106.73 in the same period of 2005, an rise of 4.67 percent, according to the General Statistics Department. Contributing to this increase were the rising prices of most basic items whose relative priority constitute 90.78 percent of the total. These include the following percentage increases: Cereals, 2.29; meat and poultry, 4.84; sea products, 8.70; dairy products and eggs, 2.23; oils and fats, 26.69; fruits, 9.62; canned and dried vegs, 5.75; spices and food enhancers, 7.91; roasted nuts, 15.83; sugar, 19.45; tea, coffee and cocoa, 4.15; other foodstuff, 4.16; juices and beverages, 9.34; alcoholic drinks, 9.59; cigarettes and tobacco, 18.94; garments and shoes, 0.73; rents, 1.75; house repair, waste removal and water, 0.70; fuel and lighting, 19.43; housing preparations, 0.87; household appliances, 0.68; transport and telecoms, 7.94; education, 0.78; medical care, 1.42; personal care, 7.24; other expenses,3.72. Meanwhile, there was a drop in the prices of other items for the same period, and which constituted 9.22 percent relative prioritization: vegetables, 24.29; furniture, carpets and bedding, 0.19; household cleansing products, 0.16; culture and leisure, 1.58.
UNRWA raises its budget in Jordan
*Director General of the Palestinian Affairs Department Wajeeh Azayzeh said the efforts of the Jordanian government have succeeded in increasing UNRWA's allocations for the refugees in Jordan to $100 million. The allocations have been increased by $25 million which positively affect the services presented to the camps. Azayzeh praised His Majesty King Abdallah’s endowments which allocate houses to the underprivileged and improve the infrastructure in their areas.
One fuel hike this year
*Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit stressed that there will be only one raise in fuel prices this year and that it would materialize only after special mechanisms are implemented for the support of the poor to help them overcome the negative repercussions of the increase.