Bank base rateThe Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has again voted to keep base rate at 0.5 per cent – the 71st consecutive month that the benchmark rate has remained unchanged.

Committee members also voted to keep the programme of quantitative easing at £375bn. The last time the programme was changed was in July 2012, when it was increased by £50bn

The minutes for this month’s MPC meeting will be published on 18 February.

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