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Rate rise good for savings culture, says NS&I

The Bank of Englands decision to raise interest rates will prompt an improvement in the savings culture across the country, says National Savings and Investments.

Dax Harkins, NS&Is senior savings strategist, says: On top of recent rate rises this is further great news for savers.

“The UK savings culture should improve as people without debt or mortgages seek to take advantage of higher savings rates.

The recent series of rate rises has already acted as an incentive to savers, indeed our latest quarterly savings survey has shown an increase in the number of people saving regularly, from 55% in autumn 2005 to 58% in autumn 2006.

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