Savers and borrowers should be prepared for a rise in interest rates, despite forecasts of a dip in inflation, Bank of England leaders have said.
In response to a question from ITV News economics editor Richard Edgar, the governor said:
Most likely the next move in monetary policy is an increase in interest rates.
We expect these ajustments to be limited and at a gradual pace, but the message is clear - in order to achieve our objective, we are going to look through this one-time adjustment, which is in the end going to be good news for British households.,,, abd ensure that inflation comes back to target in a timely fashion.
But that is consistent with some rate increases over the forecast horizon, in our judgement.
The Bank of England governor Mark Carney said interest rates could be cut further, and the £375 billion quantitative easing programme expanded if low inflation continues for longer than expected.
The Bank of England's governor, Mark Carney, has said that falling food and energy prices over the past few months is responsible for around two-thirds of the difference between current inflation level and the target level.
Stating that the UK is not currently in deflation, Mr Carney added that the falling costs of fuel - with oil prices having halved over the past six months - is also expected to boost take-home pay for workers across the country.
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Inflation is expected to have remained at a five-year low when official figures are published today, as the prospect that it will head even lower pushes forecasts of an interest rate hike as far back as 2016.
The measure of Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation for October is predicted to have stayed unchanged from the previous month at 1.2%.
The low inflation environment coupled with warnings of gloom about the world economy has led economists to push back expectations for when the Bank will raise interest rates from 0.5%, where they have been held since 2009.
Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) has said that inflation is more than likely to fall below 1% over the next six months. Its growth expectations for next year have been cut from 3% to 2.9%.
Bank of England says inflation "more likely than not" to fall below 1% in next 6 months. Economic growth will be slower than expected
Inflation likely to remain close to 1% for next year with pay almost double that, says Mark Carney.
Poor families are struggling to make ends meet because of a sharp rise in the price of basic goods in recent years.
Since 2008, the cost of necessities has risen 28% while average wages have only gone up 9%, according to a report from charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).
The JRF found a single person needed to earn £16,300 a year to afford a minimum acceptable living standard, while a couple with two children needed to be bringing in £40,600.