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Bank of England interest rate hike biggest since 2008

The Bank of England has announced the new 2022 interest rate amid the ongoing cost of living crisis.

The Bank of England has upped its interest rates by 0.5% – the most significant rise seen since 2008.

The base rate has been hiked from 1.75% to 2.25%, a speedy increase after it was last raised in August of this year.

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) said: “The Committee will, as always, consider and decide the appropriate level of Bank Rate at each meeting.

“The scale, pace and timing of any further changes in Bank Rate will reflect the Committee’s assessment of the economic outlook and inflationary pressures.

“Should the outlook suggest more persistent inflationary pressures, including from stronger demand, the Committee will respond forcefully, as necessary.”

Pedestrians walk past the Bank of England in London. Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Since August, wholesale gas prices have been highly volatile and there have been large moves in the financial markets.

Government bond yields have seen a sharp increase globally, meanwhile, the Sterling has depreciated over recent months.

Millions of people across the UK are facing one of the worst-ever cost of living crises in history, with the price of food, electricity, water and gas all soaring.

Last week it was reported more than 140 different value range grocery items got more expensive at UK supermarkets in August – the highest number of rises to date.

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