(Bloomberg) — Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said he welcomes the “prompt, decisive” action of the government’s new support measures.
Interest rates are likely to remain low for some time, Bailey told a British Chambers of Commerce webinar Thursday. He emphasized that policy makers need to use the tools available to them to their fullest extent, although he added that the central bank has not yet taken a view on when or if to implement negative interest rates.
His comments come hours after Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak set out his plan to protect jobs and businesses with measures including a new wage support program, extended loans for companies and fresh support for the self-employed.
“It’s critically important that we use the tools of policy to deal with challenges and issues we face,” Bailey said. Sunak “was addressing exactly the right questions.”
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