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News - 12 February 2014

The Governor is about to adjust Bank interest rate policy.

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, who had linked a rate rise to a fall in unemployment, is reviewing the flagship policy after the jobless level fell faster than expected.

In August he said that the Bank would not consider a rate rise from their current low of 0.5% until unemployment has fallen to 7%.

It was not expected that this threshold would be reached until 2016, but the latest unemployment rate stands at 7.1%. Mr Carney said that the forward guidance policy needed to "evolve".

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“The policy was introduced to give households and businesses confidence that rates would stay low as the recovery took hold. But the faster-than-expected fall in the jobless rate unnerved investors and mortgage owners alike. Last week, the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again held the benchmark interest rate at 0.5%, marking five continuous years at that level.”

Many economists expect the Bank's new guidance to be tweaked to take into account a broader range of factors to reassure that rates are not set to rise any time soon.

Dame DeAnne Julius, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee said:
"I think what the committee will probably do is broaden their analysis of the labour market - say it's not just about the headline unemployment rate, it's about full-time versus part-time, it's about self-employed versus employed workers. "

Inflation has now fallen to the Bank's target of 2% for the first time for more than four years, easing the pressure to raise rates, while the latest growth figures showed UK output rising by 0.7% in the fourth quarter against 0.8% in the previous three months.

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