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BOEThe Bank of England has held UK interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for another month

The size of the Bank’s economic stimulus programme, known as quantitative easing, was also kept unchanged at £375bn.

Last month, Bank governor Mark Carney hinted that rates could increase later this year as the UK’s economic recovery becomes more secure.

When it comes, any rise in rates is expected to be small.

Speaking last month, Mr Carney said “we expect that eventual increases in Bank rate will be gradual and limited”. He has also talked of rates hitting a “new normal” of 2.5% by 2017.

The number of people out of work is also falling, with the unemployment rate down to 6.6% in the three months to May.

On the other hand, there is little pressure to raise rates to keep prices in check – the inflation rate fell to 1.5% in May, down from 1.8% in the previous month. The Bank’s inflation rate target is 2%.

Interest rates have been at their record low of 0.5% since March 2009.

BOEThe Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has once again voted to keep base rate at 0.5 per cent, the 61st month of record-low rates. The MPC also voted to keep its programme of quantitative easing at £375bn.

The previous change in Bank Rate was a reduction of 0.5 percentage points to 0.5% on 5 March 2009. A programme of asset purchases financed by the issuance of central bank reserves was initiated on 5 March 2009. The previous change in the size of that programme was an increase of £50 billion to a total of £375 billion on 5 July 2012.

House prices rising at fastest rate for four years

House prices rose by 0.6% in February, a 9.4% increase on the same month in 2013, according to the Nationwide Building Society.

The annual rate of growth is the fastest for almost four years.

It puts the average price of a UK home at £177,846, which is still almost 5% below the 2007 peak.

The Nationwide said sales and prices were being driven by record low interest rates, higher employment and the easier availability of mortgages.

The lender’s chief economist, Robert Gardner, acknowledged that prices could accelerate even faster in the coming months, as more people took the plunge to buy for the first time or move. But he denied a house price “bubble” was being created.

“If you look at prices relative to earnings then housing does look relatively expensive by historic standards,” Mr Gardner told BBC News.

“But if you look at how much it costs to service a typical mortgage, that suggests that housing isn’t overly expensive at this point… because interest rates are at such low levels.”

The Nationwide pointed out that prices were also being driven higher by a continued lack of new homes.

“Price growth is being supported by the fact that the supply of housing remains constrained, with housing completions still well below their pre-crisis levels,” said Mr Gardner.

He added that just 109,500 new homes were built in England in 2013, which was 38% below the level recorded in 2007, and about half the projected number of new households expected to form each year.

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Shadow Treasury financial secretary Chris Leslie has hit out at mortgage lenders for “sneaky” standard variable rate rises and called on them to do more to warn customers of potential rate rises.

Speaking at a fringe meeting on debt at the Labour autumn conference in Manchester yesterday, Leslie said it is “amazing” that rates are going up when funding is so cheap.

In August Santander increased its standard variable rate by 0.5 per cent to 4.74 per cent which came into force today and earlier this year Halifax, Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and the Co-operative Bank increased their rates.

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The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee today voted to maintain the official Bank Rate paid on commercial bank reserves at 0.5%. The Committee also voted to increase the size of its asset purchase programme, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves, by £50 billion to a total of £325 billion.

In a November’s Mortgage magazine over half of mortgage advisers polled said they expected the base rate to stay at 0.5% until 2014 or longer as the global economic outlook darkens, while 34% said they expect an increase in 2013.

Last month the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) predicted interest rates to stay at 0.5% until 2016. Its other forecasts included inflation falling to 1.7% by Q4 and to remain around 2% thereafter, and for quantitative easing to increase to a total of £400bn over 2012.

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