Chancellor gives Bank powers to restrict 'risky' mortgages

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will give the Bank of England legal powers to stop Britons taking out mortgages that are too big compared with their income or the value of their home or income.

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George Osborne to put controls on mortgage sizes

Chancellor George Osborne says he will give powers to the Bank of England to control mortgage sizes. Credit: Reuters

George Osborne has said he is to give the Bank of England legal powers to stop people taking out mortgages too large for them to pay off.

In his annual Mansion House speech, the Chancellor is to set out how the Bank will be able to order restrictions on the ratio of mortgage loans compared to borrowers' incomes, or to the value of their house.

In his speech, Mr Osborne is expected to say that while the housing market does not pose an immediate threat, it is important to insure against risks in the future.

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