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The Bank of England (BOE) unexpectedly cuts its bank rate by 50bps from 0.75% to 0.25%, in a surprise move to cushion the blow of the coronavirus on the economy.

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Announcing policy measures to tackle coronavirus.

Will introduce new term funding scheme for small businesses.

Term funding scheme will offer 4-year funding over next 12 months.

Term lending will be available at or very close to bank rate.

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