Bank of England split 3 ways on policy

28 July, 2011


This morning’s Bank of England Minutes revealed a 3-way split in the monetary policy committee’s views on interest rates and quantitative easing.

While 7 of the 9 members voted for no change, one (Andrew Sentance) voted again for an interest rate rise, while one (Adam Posen) voted for a £50bn extension to QE.

Any extensions to QE are likely to hurt sterling and it now seems plausible that this will happen in the coming months.

On top of September’s Public Borrowing figures, which showed record levels of UK debt, the Pound could easily fall further in the short term.

The government is also revealing its spending review cuts today.