CML comments on today's Bank of England announcements
Published: 26 June 2014
Commenting on today's announcements by the Bank of England, CML director general Paul Smee said:
"The new affordability stress test that requires lenders to check their borrowers' affordability against an assumed Bank rate 3% higher than at origination will clearly ensure resilience to shocks.
"Limiting the level of a lender's lending to no more than 15% of new mortgages at 4.5 times income or above (and none at all for Help to Buy guaranteed loans) is likely to impact the London market more than elsewhere. Nationally, 9% of new loans are at 4.5 times income or more, but the figure is 19% in London.
"It's important not to confuse these measures, which are designed to ensure financial and economic stability, with wider housing policy, for which the Bank is not responsible. Additional housing supply to help correct the imbalance between supply and demand is the main way of relieving affordability pressure and household indebtedness attributable to mortgage borrowing over the long term."
Notes to editors
1. The Council of Mortgage Lenders' members are banks, building societies and other lenders who together undertake around 95% of all residential mortgage lending in the UK. There are 11.2 million mortgages in the UK, with loans worth over £1.2 trillion.