Lending is up – but so is the cost of borrowing



Both the CML and the Bank of England agreed that mortgage lending edged up again in the last months of the year, against the usual seasonal downturn. The CML reported that gross mortgage lending reached an estimated £13.7bn in December, up 14 per cent on November. A rush of sales before the end of the stamp duty holiday and the prospective hike in VAT accounted for much of the improvement.