BSA comments on the increase in the Bank Rate to 4.25%

Head of Mortgage & Housing Policy at the BSA comments on the latest increase in the Bank Rate.

Commenting on the increase in the Bank Rate from 4.0% to 4.25%, Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgage & Housing Policy at the BSA said:

“As household budgets continue to be squeezed, another Bank Rate increase will be an additional budget challenge for borrowers on variable rates and those coming off a fixed rate this year.

“It is positive that our latest figures[1] show that around nine in ten homeowners are not currently concerned about their ability to make their monthly mortgage payments. However, there are around 1.8 million households coming to the end of a fixed rate in 2023 and most will see a significant increase in their mortgage costs. On average this will be around £220[2] a month for those coming to the end of a two-year deal.

“Only time will tell whether these increases have already been factored into household financial planning. Lenders remain alert to borrowers facing a payment shock and are ready to offer tailored support to anyone who may be struggling.”



[1] The March Property Tracker survey fieldwork was undertaken between 1-2 March 2023. The total sample size was 2099 adults.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  The full Property Tracker Report can be downloaded here.

[2] Based on a £130k mortgage for 25yr term at 75% LTV. It compares the rate on the loan 2 years ago to the one available now (based on the latest data - February 2023) on the same basis i.e. assumes 2yr fixed will re-mortgage onto another 2yr fixed at the same LTV and for the same £130k. The average increase across all 2yr fixed rate mortgages is £180.




The BSA represents all 43 building societies, as well as 7 larger credit unions. Building societies serve almost 26 million consumers across the UK and have total assets of nearly £500 billion.  Together with their subsidiaries, they are helping over 3.6 million families and individuals to buy their own home with mortgages totalling over £366 billion, representing 23% of  total mortgage balances outstanding in the UK.  They are also helping over 23 million people build their financial resilience, holding over £342 billion of retail savings, accounting for 18% of all cash savings in the UK. With all of their headquarters outside London, building societies employ more than 51,500 full and part-time staff.  In addition to digital services they operate through almost 1,300 branches, holding a rising share of financial services branches in local communities.