Bank of England Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted on March 8th to maintain the official Bank Rate paid on commercial bank reserves at 0.5%. The Committee also voted to continue with its programme of asset purchases totalling £325 billion financed by the issuance of central bank reserves.

The Committee expects the announced programme of asset purchases to take another two months to complete.  The scale of the programme will be kept under review.
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 previous change in the size of that programme was an increase of £50 billion to a total of £325 billion on 9 February 2012.
The Bank will continue to offer to purchase high-quality private sector assets on behalf of the Treasury, financed by the issue of Treasury bills, in line with the arrangements announced on 29 January 2009 and 29 November 2011.

Bank of England Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged, Bank of England
3/8/2012 12:16:06 PM