Remember the days when they used to tell us that it was sensible to save - that you'd be rewarded for putting something aside.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney hasn’t quite abandoned forward guidance although, he has said it’s going to have to “evolve”.
The Bank of England Governor has stepped in to try to reassure borrowers that interest rates will stay at very low levels for "some time”.
A Comres / ITV news poll has found that half of the public say that savers are being made to pay for the economic crisis. It also found a similar proportion say they are “frustrated” that interest rates have not risen in the past year (37%) as say that they are “relieved” (33%).
Twice as many people say that interest rates remaining at 0.5% has harmed their financial situation (39%), as say it has benefited their finances (20%).
The majority (55%) say that, by keeping interest rates low, savers are being made to pay for the economic crisis.
Two thirds (65%) agree, in the current economic situation, the Government is more concerned with protecting the banks than the British public, representing a six-month high. Pollsters spoke to 2,055 British adults online between February 28 and March 2.
The Bank of England have kept interest rates on hold at 0.5%, marking five continuous years at the historic low.
Rates were slashed to 0.5% in March 2009 amid the depths of the economic downturn and have stayed there ever since, as monetary policy remains on "emergency setting".
39% of mortgage holders say a rise in interest rates would require them to cut back drastically on other areas of spending to keep up with their mortgage repayments, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
40% disagreed with the statement and 21% said they didn't know.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has pledged to leave interest rates unchanged until the level of unemployment falls to 7%.
33% of mortgage holders do not have a good idea of how much the monthly payments on their mortgage would increase if interest rates went up, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
45% said they did have a good idea of how an increase in the rate from 0.5% to 1% would affect their mortgage rate, and 22% said they didn't know.
Interest rates are expected to remain unchanged today after a Bank of England meeting, but its governor Mark Carney has said he will consider raising the rates if the level of unemployment falls to 7%.
A little over one quarter of homeowners say they would face serious financial difficulty if interest rates rose, according to an ITV News index carried out by Comres.
50% disagreed with the statement, while 24% said they didn't know.
One third (35%) of those polled said that if there was an increase in interest rates, it would have little effect on their finances. 49% disagreed with the statement, while 16% didn't know..
ComRes interviewed 2,043 British adults as part of the poll.
Chancellor George Osborne has dismissed claims that the Bank of England policy of providing forward guidance has failed as "laughable".
Mr Osborne told Channel 4 News: "I think that is completely wrong. The idea that it is a failure because your unemployment rate is falling is laughable.
"The credibility of the Bank of England, of the British Government's economic policy is clear there in the markets."
ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar is listening to the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney at the World Economic Forum in Davos:
Mark Carney speaking in Davos says the Bank of England will decide how to "evolve" forward guidance next month. #WEF14
Carney says "the degree of stimulus will remain exceptional for some time" so low interest rates until the economy reaches "escape velocity"