Bank of England Maintains Bank Rate at 0.5% and maintains the size of the Asset Purchase Programme at £200 billion

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 maintain the stock of asset purchases financed by the issuance of central bank reserves at £200 billion.

The minutes of the meeting will be published at 9.30am on Wednesday 21 April.

Notes to Editors

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 most recent change in the size of that programme was an increase of £25 billion to a total of £200 billion on 5 November 2009.

In line with the Committee’s announcement last September, the timing of the General Election means that the next Monetary Policy Committee meeting will conclude on the morning of Monday 10 May, with the decision announced at 12 noon.  The Inflation Report will be published as originally scheduled on Wednesday 12 May.

Information on the Asset Purchase Facility can be found on the Bank of England website.

The Bank will continue to purchase high-quality private sector assets on behalf of the Treasury and financed by the issue of Treasury bills, in line with the arrangements announced on 29 January 2009.   

09 April 2010


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