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The Bank of England (BOE) is closely watching the UK’s booming housing market, as it could drive the price pressures higher, threatening the post-pandemic economic recovery, Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said in an interview with The Guardian on Tuesday.

Key quotes

“There is a risk that demand gets ahead of supply and that will lead to a more generalized pick-up in inflationary pressure. That’s something we are absolutely going to guard against.”

“We are looking carefully at the housing market and a raft of real-term indicators.”

“If it is not temporary, we know what to do about that.”

“We can push bank rate up from its historically low level [0.1%] and we know what that will do to demand.”