The Bank of England received criticism for its decision to keep interest rates cautious, as reported in live updates.

The Bank of England received criticism for its decision to keep interest rates cautious, as reported in live updates.

Important points to remember from Jeremy Hunt’s proposed budget for spring 2024.

The Bank of England has received backlash for being too careful in its decision to keep interest rates steady, despite a decrease in inflation.

According to Wednesday’s data, the rate of inflation dropped to 3.4% in February, marking a decrease from January’s 4% and the lowest level since September 2021’s 3.1%.

On Wednesday, there was good news before the Bank of England’s decision on interest rates on Thursday at noon. The policymakers chose to leave rates at 5.25 per cent.

After the choice was made, BoE governor Andrew Bailey stated, “Over the past few weeks, we have observed additional positive indications that inflation is decreasing.”

Today, we have maintained our rates at 5.25%, as we must ensure that inflation will decrease and remain at our target of 2%.

“We haven’t reached the stage where reducing interest rates is possible, but there is progress in the positive direction.”

The BoE’s decision was criticized by the ICAEW, who believe that they are being too cautious in regards to interest rate cuts, despite the decrease in inflation.



Welcome to the Independent’s live coverage of the Bank of England’s recent decision regarding interest rates, which are currently set at 5.25%.

There is widespread speculation in the financial markets that policymakers will maintain the current interest rates and not make any changes.

Please take a look at our preliminary analysis of the final ruling here.

Joe Middleton20 March 2024 17:59


The decrease in inflation rates, the lowest seen since 2021, raises prospects of a potential reduction in interest rates during the summer season.

After inflation figures were higher than anticipated, the Bank of England must decide on the course of action regarding interest rates.

The latest data from the ONS revealed that inflation for February was 3.4%, slightly below the 3.5% estimate made by economists.

In September 2021, inflation has reached its lowest point yet. The most recent numbers are slowly approaching the 2% inflation goal set by the BoE.

Please view our report here:

Joe Middleton20 March 2024 18:01


The rate of inflation in February was lower than anticipated.

In February, inflation decreased more than anticipated, giving hope for a possible decrease in interest rates in the upcoming months.

According to recent data, the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), decreased to 3.4% in February. This is a drop from 4% in January and marks the lowest level since September 2021. The slower increase in prices for food and dining out contributed to this decrease.

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, implied that the significant decrease in inflation could allow him to lower national insurance even further. However, he downplayed speculations that this would result in tax cuts before the upcoming election, in the autumn statement.

Specialists have pointed out that there is a strong possibility for the rate of inflation to decrease below the 2% goal set by the Bank of England in either April or May. This is due to the planned decrease of 12% in the energy price cap, which will take effect on April 1.

According to several economists, this may potentially lead to the Bank beginning to decrease interest rates, potentially as soon as June.

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 18:46


The Chancellor suggests that inflation data may potentially lead to a decrease in interest rates.

According to Mr. Hunt, inflation has not only significantly decreased, but it is also predicted to reach the target of 2% in the coming months.

This creates a foundation for improved economic circumstances, potentially enabling us to make more advancements in our goal of promoting growth and ensuring fair wages by reducing national insurance costs, as we strive towards eliminating the burden of double taxation on labor.

The Bank of England may be able to lower interest rates and ultimately decrease mortgage rates as inflation nears its target, according to the statement made to broadcasters. This could have a significant impact.

“It’s far too early to know whether we’ll have another fiscal event before the election, but what I would say is that what you can see is the difficult decisions the Government has taken over the last year are paying off.”

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Chancellor Jeremy Hunt

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 19:20


Sunak anticipates that 2024 will be the year when the economy makes a strong recovery, as he works vigorously to maintain his position.

Rishi Sunak confidently stated that he will remain Prime Minister even after the local elections in May, brushing off any speculation about Tory plans to overthrow his leadership as mere “Westminster gossip”.

Mr Sunak addressed Conservative MPs in Parliament as he battled to assert his authority and rally his party behind him following days of speculation about his position.

During a BBC interview, he reaffirmed that his strategy for the nation is effective and he believes that the year 2024 will demonstrate the resurgence of the economy.

There is much speculation about Conservative MPs who are planning for potential successors in case Mr Sunak is faced with a no-confidence test before a general election.

The Conservative Party may face significant losses in the local elections in May, which could increase the amount of pressure on Mr. Sunak.

The Prime Minister assured he will remain in No 10 following the local elections as he believes that the actions being taken are having a positive impact.

When asked if he would continue to hold the position of Prime Minister after May, he replied to the BBC, saying, “Yes, because the actions we are taking are having a positive impact.”

“There will always be distractions, and there will always be individuals focused on the events happening at Westminster. However, in my weekly interactions with people throughout the country, this is not the main topic that they discuss with me.”

They are discussing with me the importance of decreasing inflation, lowering energy and mortgage costs, and implementing tax cuts so that families have more money in their bank accounts each month. This is the progress we are making in our economy.

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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak exited 10 Downing Street to participate in Prime Minister’s Questions, as photographed by Stefan Rousseau.

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 20:00


The PM states that we have made progress with the economy.

Mr Sunak was buoyed by a fall in inflation to 3.4% in February, down from 4% in January, with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt hinting the improved economic picture could result in tax cuts and reductions in interest rates – which could improve voters’ finances in the run-up to an election later this year.

The Prime Minister expressed hope for a positive economic shift in the upcoming year, indicating that the past few years’ challenges have been overcome. They predict that 2024 will mark a significant period of economic recovery.

In the interview, he attempted to downplay worries about a potential scheme from his fellow members of Parliament to remove him from his position as Conservative leader. He emphasized that his primary focus was on the welfare of the entire country.

“The Prime Minister stated that these matters do not anger them because, fundamentally, they have no interest in gossip about Westminster.”

“The crucial aspect is not the current state of affairs. What truly matters is the future of our nation, the financial stability of its citizens, and providing them with the peace of mind they rightfully deserve… That is my daily motivation, and I will dedicate every hour that I have to deliver results for the people, as God gives me the strength to do so.”

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 20:55


The sudden decrease in inflation may result in less expensive mortgages for homeowners during the summertime.

The rate of inflation in the UK has dropped to 3.4%, reaching its lowest point in over two and a half years. This has increased the possibility of the Bank of England lowering interest rates during the summer.

The larger-than-forecast decline is a significant boon for Rishi Sunak, who made reducing inflation one of his key economic pledges. Getting inflation down to 2 per cent is also a key target for the Bank.

In September 2021, this marks the lowest level of inflation. While inflation has decreased, it should not be interpreted as a decrease in prices, but rather a deceleration in their rate of increase.

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 21:34


The cost of renting crisis is hitting tenants hard as UK rents are soaring at an unprecedented rate.

The typical monthly rental cost in the UK has increased to £1,238, representing a £102 increase from the previous year.

The average cost of homes dropped by 0.6% in the period between January 2023 and January 2024. In England, there was a decrease of 1.5%, while in Wales there was a decrease of 0.8%. However, Scotland saw an increase of 4.8%.

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 22:33


Insufficient inventory leading to increases in rental prices

Luke Murphy, the ippr’s associate director for infrastructure and housing, informed The Independent that the primary cause of rising rental prices in the UK housing market continues to be the structural issue of insufficient supply.

The shortage of housing supply is a major problem that has been neglected for decades across all types of housing. It goes beyond just the quantity of homes and also includes the urgent need to construct more truly affordable social housing.

Our research indicates that there is a deficit of four million houses within the past ten years and we have yet to construct an adequate number of affordable homes. This has resulted in a significant rise in rental prices.

According to Cara Pacitti, a Senior Economist at the Resolution Foundation, the average rental price in the UK has increased by 20% since February 2020, before the pandemic.

“As inflation decreases and earnings growth slows down, it is likely that we will receive more positive updates in the near future. Recent market data has shown a decrease in the rate of rental price growth for new tenancies. However, even if there is a decrease in rental price growth, private renting will still be the most expensive, least secure, and least quality housing option.”

Sam Rkaina20 March 2024 23:30


Rachel Reeves needs to provide more clarification on her viewpoints before the public can fully understand her perspective.

Inflation is dropping towards the official 2 per cent annual target; the economy may well be out of its shallow recession by now; more tax cuts are on the way. But the voters are no longer listening. They made their minds up long ago.

The main causes of the Conservative party’s loss will likely not be found in the upcoming months, but in the events of the past few years – particularly since the first Conservative-led government was established in 2010. It seems that change is inevitable.

Sam Rkaina21 March 2024 00:30

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