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Bank of England chief Mervyn King: standard of living to plunge at fastest rate since 1920s

Posted By kurtnimmo On January 26, 2011 @ 7:38 am In Economic Crisis | Comments Disabled

Robert Winnett
The Telegraph
January 26, 2011

Families will see their disposable income eaten up as they “pay the inevitable price” for the financial crisis, Mervyn King warned.

With wages failing to keep pace with rising inflation, workers’ take- home pay will end the year worth the same as in 2005 — the most prolonged fall in living standards for more than 80 years, he claimed.

Mr King issued the warning in a speech in Newcastle upon Tyne after official figures showed that gross domestic product fell by 0.5 per cent during the final three months last year. The Government blamed the unexpected reduction — the first since the third quarter of 2009 — on the freezing weather that paralysed much of the country last month.

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