Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
There’s a variety of stories on the front pages this Friday, however, the Bank of England’s boss Andrew Bailey’s comments that he was “more optimistic” about the UK economy makes several leads.
Following the Bank of England governor’s more optimistic outlook for the UK economy, the Daily Express proclaims “Here’s Hoping!”, despite a recent interest rate hike to combat inflation. While acknowledging that tough times may still lie ahead, the paper sees the Bank’s assessment as a sign that better times are fast approaching.
The Financial Times reports that the interest rate increase was prompted by the acceleration of inflation and that the Bank of England is keeping its options open regarding further increases, depending on emerging evidence.
However, the i warns that there will be no tax cuts or public spending increases this year, as interest rates reach a 14-year high, and also raises concerns about “mortgage prisoners” facing rates of over 8%.
Meanwhile, the Times predicts more financial hardship for households as the average council tax bill is set to rise by more than 5%, surpassing £2,000 for the first time. Councils argue that this increase is necessary to cover rising costs and growing demand, despite increased government funding.
Finally, the Daily Telegraph reports that Labour is considering a tax raid on savings and investments if it wins the next general election, with a potential large rise in capital gains tax on the table. While the party denies current plans to increase the tax, they cannot rule out a change in the future.