In a speech in Cardiff yesterday Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King warned that the UK and other major economies will remain weak until banks have enough capital to be able to absorb “likely” future losses. King stated that further defaults should be expected but that the banks should not let that deter them from lending which remains at low levels. To get the economy growing again and help the UK recover from the current recession it is important that the banks lend to both businesses and private clients through mortgages and loans to help more money move through the economy. As a result King recommended that if the banks had an increased level of capital it would give them a higher level of protection from defaults but at the same time allow them to lend more. The Bank of England are currently running the Funding for Lending scheme which is where the central bank offer high street banks cheap money which they then have to pass onto other clients. This may only be a temporary measure but the take up has been strong with up to £60bn being made available. King rounded of his speech stating that despite the economy still being in recession there were some encouraging signs particularly in the jobs market which recently showed unemployment falling significantly.

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