United Kingdom Interest Rate  1971-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the Bank Rate at a record low of 0.25 percent and to leave the stock of purchased assets at £435 billion on November 3rd, 2016, in order to meet the 2 percent inflation target, in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment. Meanwhile, the Committee has dropped its plans for another rate cut as the inflation rate is expected to rise way above the central bank's target over the next three years. Policymakers also said rates could move in either direction depending on changes to the economic outlook. Interest Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.78 percent from 1971 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 17.00 percent in November of 1979 and a record low of 0.25 percent in August of 2016.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-11-03 12:00 PM BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
2016-11-03 12:00 PM BoE Quantitative Easing £435B £435B £435B £435B
2016-11-03 12:00 PM BoE MPC Vote Cut 0/9 0/9 0/9 0/9
2016-12-05 05:00 PM BoE Gov Carney Speech
2016-12-15 12:00 PM BoE Quantitative Easing £435B £435B
2016-12-15 12:00 PM BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25%




UK Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged


The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the Bank Rate at a record low of 0.25 percent and to leave the stock of purchased assets at £435 billion on November 3rd, 2016, in order to meet the 2 percent inflation target, in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment. Meanwhile, the Committee has dropped its plans for another rate cut as the inflation rate is expected to rise way above the central bank's target over the next three years. Policymakers also said rates could move in either direction depending on changes to the economic outlook.

The Committee’s latest projections for output, unemployment and inflation, conditioned on average market yields, are set out in the November Inflation Report. Output growth is expected to be stronger in the near term but weaker than previously anticipated in the latter part of the forecast period. In part that reflects the impact of lower real income growth on household spending. It also reflects uncertainty over future trading arrangements, and the risk that UK-based firms’ access to EU markets could be materially reduced, which could restrain business activity and supply growth over a protracted period. The unemployment rate is projected to rise to around 5½% by the middle of 2018 and to stay at around that level throughout 2019.

Largely as a result of the depreciation of sterling, CPI inflation is expected to be higher throughout the three-year forecast period than in the Committee’s August projections. In the central projection, inflation rises from its current level of 1% to around 2¾% in 2018, before falling back gradually over 2019 to reach 2½% in three years’ time. Inflation is judged likely to return to close to the target over the following year.

The MPC’s Remit requires that monetary policy should balance the speed with which inflation is returned to the target with the support for real activity. Developments since August, in particular the direct impact of the further depreciation of sterling on CPI inflation, have adversely affected that trade-off. This impact will ultimately prove temporary, and attempting to offset it fully with tighter monetary policy would be excessively costly in terms of foregone output and employment growth. However, there are limits to the extent to which above-target inflation can be tolerated.  

Those limits depend, for example, on the cause of the inflation overshoot, the extent of second-round effects on inflation expectations and domestic costs, and the scale of the shortfall in economic activity below potential. In the MPC’s November forecast, the inflation overshoot is the product of a perceived shock to future supply, which has caused the exchange rate to fall, alongside a modest projected shortfall of activity. Inflation expectations have picked up to around their past average levels and domestic costs have remained contained. Given the projected rise in unemployment, together with the risks around activity and inflation, and the potential for further volatility in asset prices, the MPC judges it appropriate to accommodate a period of above-target inflation. That notwithstanding, the MPC is monitoring closely the evolution of inflation expectations.

Earlier in the year, the MPC noted that the path of monetary policy following the referendum on EU membership would depend on the evolution of the prospects for demand, supply, the exchange rate, and therefore inflation. This remains the case. Monetary policy can respond, in either direction, to changes to the economic outlook as they unfold to ensure a sustainable return of inflation to the 2% target.

BoE | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
11/3/2016 12:27:31 PM



United Kingdom Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 0.25 0.25 17.00 0.25 percent [+]
Interbank Rate 0.38 0.38 15.63 0.38 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 80041.00 79597.00 80041.00 3528.00 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M1 1611597.00 1616854.00 1616854.00 82171.00 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M2 1618041.00 1604618.00 1618041.00 114644.00 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M3 2603794.00 2588980.00 2603794.00 263027.00 GBP Million [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 405132.00 404299.00 414839.00 77638.00 GBP Million [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 3534438.00 3510166.00 4060273.00 3343030.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 145908.99 146730.02 149048.33 35190.42 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 2226072.00 2192800.00 2813025.00 8755.00 GBP Million [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 0.00 0.00 4.25 0.00 percent [+]
Private Debt to GDP 229.50 238.34 241.34 153.37 percent [+]



United Kingdom Interest Rate Notes

In the United Kingdom, benchmark interest rate is set by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The Bank of England official interest rate is the repo rate. This repo rate applies to open market operations of the Bank of England with a group of counterparties (banks, building societies, securities firms). This page provides - United Kingdom Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Interest Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.25 0.25 17.00 0.25 1971 - 2016 percent Daily



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