United Kingdom Interest Rate 1971-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The Bank of England voted unanimously to keep the Bank Rate at 0.5 percent on December 14th as widely expected, following a 25bps hike in the previous meeting. Policymakers reiterated that further modest increases in interest rates are likely to be needed over the next few years, in order to return inflation sustainably to the target. The Committee also voted unanimously to keep the stock of UK government bond purchases at £435 billion and the stock of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases at £10 billion. Interest Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.66 percent from 1971 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 17 percent in November of 1979 and a record low of 0.25 percent in August of 2016.

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BoE Holds Bank Rate at 0.5% as Expected


The Bank of England voted unanimously to keep the Bank Rate at 0.5 percent on December 14th as widely expected, following a 25bps hike in the previous meeting. The Committee also voted unanimously to keep the stock of UK government bond purchases at £435 billion and the stock of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases at £10 billion.

Excerpts from the BoE Monetary Policy Summary:

The recent news in the macroeconomic data has been mixed and relatively limited. Global growth has remained strong. Domestically, some activity indicators suggest GDP growth in Q4 might be slightly softer than in Q3. The measures announced in the Autumn Budget will lessen the drag on aggregate demand stemming from fiscal consolidation, relative to previous plans. The labour market remains tight, and surveys suggest this will continue. Although it is too early to arrive at a comprehensive view of the effect of November’s rise in Bank Rate on the economy, the impact on interest rates faced by households and firms has been consistent with previous experience.

CPI inflation was 3.1% in November. It remains the case that inflation has been pushed above the target by the boost to import prices that resulted from the past depreciation of sterling. The MPC judges that inflation is likely to be close to its peak, and will decline towards the 2% target in the medium term. In line with the procedure set out in the MPC’s remit, the Governor will be writing an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, accounting for the overshoot relative to the target and explaining the MPC’s policy strategy to return inflation sustainably to the target. This letter will be published alongside the minutes of the February 2018 MPC meeting and the accompanying Inflation Report.

Developments regarding the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union – and in particular the reaction of households, businesses and asset prices to them – remain the most significant influence on, and source of uncertainty about, the economic outlook. The Committee noted the progress in the Article 50 negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. In such exceptional circumstances, the MPC’s remit specifies that the Committee must balance any trade-off between the speed at which it intends to return inflation sustainably to the target and the support that monetary policy provides to jobs and activity.

The steady erosion of slack over the past year or so has reduced the degree to which it is appropriate for the MPC to accommodate an extended period of inflation above the target. Consequently, at its previous meeting, the MPC judged it appropriate to tighten modestly the stance of monetary policy in order to return inflation sustainably to the target, while continuing to provide significant support to jobs and activity. At this meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to maintain the current monetary stance. The Committee remains of the view that, were the economy to follow the path expected in the November Inflation Report, further modest increases in Bank Rate would be warranted over the next few years, in order to return inflation sustainably to the target. Any future increases in Bank Rate are expected to be at a gradual pace and to a limited extent. The Committee will monitor closely the incoming evidence on the evolving economic outlook, including the impact of last month’s increase in Bank Rate, and stands ready to respond to developments as they unfold to ensure a sustainable return of inflation to the 2% target.

Bank of England | Joana Ferreira |
12/14/2017 12:13:51 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-14 11:00 AM BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
2017-11-02 12:00 PM BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.5% 0.25% 0.5% 0.5%
2017-12-14 12:00 PM BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
2018-02-08 12:00 PM BoE Quantitative Easing £435B
2018-02-08 12:00 PM BoE Interest Rate Decision 0.5%
2018-03-22 12:00 PM BoE Quantitative Easing


United Kingdom Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 0.50 0.50 17.00 0.25 percent [+]
Interbank Rate 0.52 0.52 15.63 0.28 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 82561.00 82448.00 82561.00 3529.00 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M1 1696944.00 1692955.00 1696944.00 82315.00 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M2 2342853.00 2335147.00 2342853.00 167436.00 GBP Million [+]
Money Supply M3 2803793.00 2784437.00 2803793.00 263025.00 GBP Million [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 564094.00 556907.00 564094.00 76991.00 GBP Million [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 3876286.00 3906698.00 4060273.00 3342179.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 152867.84 153924.00 161311.29 35190.42 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 2370133.00 2320610.00 2813104.00 8755.00 GBP Million [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 0.25 0.25 4.25 0.00 percent [+]
Lending Rate 0.75 0.75 4.75 0.50 percent [+]
Private Debt to GDP 230.51 224.96 241.34 153.37 percent [+]


United Kingdom Interest Rate

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 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.50 0.50 17.00 0.25 1971 - 2017 percent Daily




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