Bank of England reveals hike to highest level in 13 years

Bank of England reveals hike to highest level in 13 years
The Bank of England is expected to announce its decision on interest rates at midday

The Bank of England has raised interest rates to their highest level in 13 years as it looks to tackle the cost of living crisis gripping the UK.

It announced an increase from 0.75 per cent to 1 per cent on Thursday, a level which has not been seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis in early 2009.

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted in favour of the rise with six votes to three.

Those who opposed it – Jonathan Haskel, Catherine Mann, and Michael Saunders – wanted a larger increase to 1.25 per cent, the central bank said.

It was the fourth time in a row the committee has voted in favour of an interest rate hike, as the UK grapples with soaring inflation driven by rising energy costs.

In its report on Thursday, it also warned the economy will go into reverse and inflation- will peak at more than 10 per cent as the Ukraine war compounds cripppling living costs.

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