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Bank of England governor defends delay in hiking interest ratesrecession latest

Bank of England governor defends delay in hiking interest rates - recession latest
Inflation will reach 13 年末までにパーセント, the Bank predicts

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イングランド銀行が金利を引き上げる 1.75% as recession predicted later this year

ザ・ イングランド銀行 governor has defended delays in hiking the interest rate.

The Bank yesterday increased interest rates に 1.75 パーセント – the highest in 27 年 – while warning that 英国 will plunge into a year-long recession this autumn.

Mr Bailey said earlier interest rate rises could have damaged the UK’s economic recovery following the pandemic.

It came after claims from politicians, including Attorney General Suella Braverman, that the Bank was asleep at the wheel and allowed inflation to get out of control.

Mr Bailey told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said he does not believe the Bank acted too slowly and that earlier action could have brought forward a recession.

“We don’t make policy with the benefit of hindsight," 彼が追加した.

“I’d challenge anyone sitting here a year, two years ago, to say there will be war on Ukraine and it will have this effect on inflation.”

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Responding to UK house price falls Russell Galley, managing director, Halifax, 前記: “It’s important to note that house prices remain more than £30,000 higher than this time last year.

“While we shouldn’t read too much into any single month, especially as the fall is only fractional, a slowdown in annual house price growth has been expected for some time.

“Leading indicators of the housing market have recently shown a softening of activity, while rising borrowing costs are adding to the squeeze on household budgets against a backdrop of exceptionally high house price-to-income ratios.

「そうは言った, some of the drivers of the buoyant market we’ve seen over recent yearssuch as extra funds saved during the pandemic, fundamental changes in how people use their homes, and investment demandstill remain evident.

“Therefore a slowing of annual house price inflation still seems the most likely scenario.”

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Average UK house price falls month on month for first time since June 2021

The average UK house price slipped back in July from a record high the previous month, marking the first month-on-month dip since June last year, インデックスによると.

Following a year of exceptionally strong growth, house prices fell by 0.1 per cent month on month in July, Halifax said.

This represented a £365 month-on-month fall in cash terms, from June’s record average house price high of £293,586. 英国中, the annual rate of price growth slowed to 11.8 パーセント, からダウン 12.5 per cent in June.

In Scotland, the average house price was at a record high of £203,677, although it did see a slight slowdown in annual house price growth in July, に 9.6 からのパーセント 9.9 per cent the previous month.

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Ben Shephard criticises government for being too ‘busy’ for GMB interview amid recession forecast

Ben Shephard has criticised the government for refusing to send a minister to appear on Good Morning Britain amid warnings of a year-long recession hitting this autumn.

During Friday (5 8月) morning’s episode of GMB, host Shephard said that, while they had asked for a Conservative minister to appear on the show as they were being criticised for “being absent in a time of crisis”, they had not.

Showing an empty chair sat against a Westminster backdrop, 彼は言った: “We did invite a minister onto the show. Despite what we’ve just heard… they didn’t want to turn up. They haven’t got time for us in their busy schedule.”

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The governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey has said rocketing inflation “concerns me most” amid political criticism over the speed of actions taken by the bank to tackle the current economic turmoil.

“We are in the centre of things because of what is going on in the world at large and the impact that is having on inflation, and that’s what concerns me most at the moment,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“Central bank independence is critically important in our view, but our job is to get inflation back down to target.

“I think it’s important that there is a full debate during this process to choose the next prime minister of this country.

“It is clearly very important that public officials like I do not intervene in this debate and I am not doing that.

“We have strong views, もちろん, but I look forward to working with the new Government and new prime minister, and sure we will have substantive exchanges on this.”

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Minister suggests Bank of England acted too slowly

Speaking to Sky News this morning, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also said there is a “strong argument” that interest rates should have been raised “slightly sooner”.

Asked how the Bank of England has handled the current situation, クワルテン氏は言った: “There is an argumentand I think it’s a strong oneto say that inflation was an issue that was identified at the beginning of last year.”

彼は言った: “The job of the Bank was to deal with the inflation. They have got a 2 per cent inflation target. That’s actually their mandate. And now inflation is hitting double digits. そう, clearly something has gone wrong and I think there is an argument to suggest that rates should have probably gone up slightly sooner.”

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Interest rate increase ‘doesn’t make any sense,’ minister says

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who is backing Liz Truss in the Conservative leadership content, argued that taking more of people’s money through tax when their real income is being squeezed by inflation “doesn’t make any sense”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, 彼は言った: “There is pressure on public finances but the immediate problem, as Liz always said, is one of growth.

“She talked about recession very early on, 数週間前, at the beginning of the leadership contest, and the risk of recession means that you can’t have rising interest rates, which we saw yesterday, and also have tighter fiscal policy. No economist in the world is going to say that the way to deal with a looming recession is to tighten monetary policy and to tighten fiscal policy at the same time.”

Challenged that problems on the supply side are predominantly causing inflation rather than consumer demand in the market, 彼は言った: “Inflation means that you’re spending, you have less of your money, you have less of your real income is being squeezed.

“But you don’t put up interest rates as well as tightening fiscal policy. Nobody is doing that. それが理由です, across the the world, people are actually saying we need to help people.”

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Not time for ‘hard-pressed’ workers to make cuts, TUC official says

Commenting on the Governor of the Bank of England’s suggestion that workers’ pay should not keep up with the cost of living and that workers with bargaining power in particular should show restraint, TUC Head of Economics Kate Bell said:

“It’s time for companies to rein in their profits – not for hard pressed workers to cut back even further.

“After the longest and harshest wage squeeze in 200 年, working people in every part of the country are suffering a huge fall in living standards as prices soar.

“With incomes set to fall even further and the economy teetering on the brink of recession, it’s now more than ever that workers need a pay rise.

“Without wage increases, working people will simply stop spending on anything non-essential – and that will hurt our high streets, damage business and make a recession very likely, putting jobs at risk up and down the country.

“Making sure people can put food on the table for their family is not going to push up inflation.

“’If the Governor is worried that some workers might miss out on negotiated pay rises, he should encourage all workers to join a union.”

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Andrew Bailey denies Bank was too slow to act over soaring inflation

Governor Andrew Bailey has also today denied criticism that the Bank was too slow to act over soaring inflation.

It came after claims from politicians, including Attorney General Suella Braverman, that the Bank was asleep at the wheel and allowed inflation to get out of control.

Mr Bailey told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said he does not believe the Bank acted too slowly and that earlier action could have brought forward a recession.

“We don’t make policy with the benefit of hindsight," 彼が追加した.

“I’d challenge anyone sitting here a year, two years ago, to say there will be war on Ukraine and it will have this effect on inflation.”

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Bank of England governor urges workers to limit pay rise demands to curb inflation

With the Bank of England’s interest rate increases came governor Andrew Bailey’s suggestion that workers should limit their demands for a pay rise this year warning of the impact of high inflation on those who don’t have ‘bargaining power’.

Andrew Bailey said the problem was one “we all have to be very conscious ofhours after he warned households will suffer the deepest fall in living standards on record as the UK plunges into a yearlong recession this autumn.

Calling for wage restraint, Mr Bailey said: “If everybody tries to beat inflation, it doesn’t come down, it gets worse, that’s the problem.”

彼が追加した: “There’s a second problem. I put this in terms of high pay rises and high price increases, because in that world it’s the people who are least well off who are worst affected, because they don’t have the bargaining power. I think that is something that broadly we all have to be very conscious of.”

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ICYMI: UK faces long recession and deepest plunge in living standards on record

Yesterday the Bank of England announced that interest rates would be increased to 1.75 パーセント, in addition to an ominous warning that Britain will plunge into a year-long recession this autumn in which households will be hit by the deepest fall in living standards on record.

In one of its bleakest ever assessments of UK economic prospects, the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) said inflation will now peak at 13.3 per cent in the final three months of this year as average energy bills treble from £1,200 in 2021 to £3,500 by October.

The economy is now forecast to shrink in five consecutive quarters for the first time since the global financial crash of 2008.

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