Commenting on the Bank of England’s unanimous decision to keep interest rates at 0.75%, Positive Money executive director Fran Boait said:
“The Bank of England bind continues into 2019, as the central bank wants to raise rates to build up ammunition for future downturns, but is constrained by uncertainty around Brexit and the resilience of the UK economy.
“In today’s low rate, low growth environment, the Bank of England cannot continue to rely on interest rates as its main mechanism for influencing demand in the UK economy. With potential economic shocks on the horizon, the Bank will need to consider new tools such as ‘helicopter money’ or overt monetary financing, which would inject spending power directly into the real economy.”
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Policy and Media Officer, Positive Money
Simon works on Positive Money’s influencing programme, focusing on media engagement and policy research.
Before joining Positive Money, Simon handled media outreach for a number of technology companies and campaigns, and worked in a variety of roles in local government. He has a Masters in History from the University of Manchester, for which he specialised in the financialisation of the British economy.