The Governor of the Bank of England launched a broadside against eurozone austerity policies, warning that it was caught in 'a debt trap'.
Mark Carney's comments come as Greece's new Prime Minister confirmed he will be fighting the tight austerity policies placed on the country by the EU.
Since the financial crisis all major advanced economies have been in a debt trap where low growth deepens the burden of debt, prompting the private sector to cut spending further. Persistent economic weakness damages the extent to which economies can recover. Skills and capital atrophy. Workers become discouraged and leave the labour force. Prospects decline and the noose tightens.
As difficult as it has been, some countries, including the US and the UK, are now escaping this trap. Others in the euro area are sinking deeper.
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.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said his warning that record-low interest rates will rise sooner than markets expect was "a personal view."
ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar reports:
Committee chairman pressing Carney that his Mansion Hse speech which took markets by surprise was a personal view.
It was the intended consequence of your speech to change expectations about the first move on interest rates, Carney is asked: "Absolutely"
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told MPs there has not been an acceleration in "actual earnings" growth.
He told the Treasury Select Committee, "Since 2008 there's only been six individual months in total where average weekly earnings has been above inflation".
ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar writes:
After all the excitement about an imminent rise in rates, Carney tells committee of MPs that the data on wages is still weak[so no need yet?
Calm down everyone: Carney says what matters to borrowers is not the timing of first rate rise but their path: "gradual but limited" rises.
House sellers' asking prices went up 8.9% in the last 12 months, meaning the average property is on sale at a new record high of £272,003.
- In London, asking prices went up 16.3% in the last year
- Compared with 4.9% across the rest of the country
- Ten out of 32 boroughs in London say annual rises of more than 20% - with a 43% increase in Tower Hamlets driven by cash buyers.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told ITV News the government may have to scale back its flagship 'Help to Buy' housing policy.
Nick Clegg said a warning from the Governor of the Bank of England - that booming house prices are a threat to economic recovery - must be heeded.
In comments that appear to contradict Chancellor George Osborne's defence of the programme, Mr Clegg said: "If Mark Carney - in view of his concerns about the housing market - thinks we should scale back on some of those schemes, that's exactly what we should do."
Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports.
The Bank of England has the powers to prevent a new housing "bubble" developing, the Prime Minister said, after its governor Mark Carney suggested it was the biggest risk to economic recovery.
Speaking to Sky's Murnaghan programme, David Cameron said: "We have given the Bank of England the duty to make sure that bubbles are dealt with in the economy. They have all the powers they need to do that.
"He (Mr Carney) is absolutely right when he says fundamentally we need to build more houses in Britain".