Plight of savers could get even worse as Bank of England considers NEGATIVE interest rates

Plight of savers could get even worse as Bank of England considers NEGATIVE interest ratesDeputy governor Paul Tucker says Bank has discussed radical moveHigh street lenders would have to pay the central bank to hold their moneyMove could wipe out savings rates and inflation would ravage deposits By Rachel Rickard Straus PUBLISHED: 16:22 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:38 GMT, 26 February 2013 Negative interest rates should be considered as an option to encourage banks to lend to small and medium-sized firms, the Bank of England’s deputy governor for financial stability said today. Paul Tucker said the dramatic move had been discussed at this month’s rate-setting meeting as an option to help fuel economic growth

The Christmas daffodil: Keen gardener discovers spring bloom in his flower bed just in time for the big day

The Christmas daffodil: Keen gardener discovers spring bloom in his flowerbed just in time for the big day Brian Rickard saw the first daffodil bloom in his Plymouth, Devon, gardenThe keen gardener said that the flowers are his earliest blooms yet | UPDATED: 19:53 GMT, 25 December 2012 While most of the UK continues to be deluged by rain – the early signs of spring have already made an appearance in one Devon town. Keen gardener Brian Rickard saw the first daffodils in his Plymouth, Devon, flowerbeds bloom in time for Christmas. The bright yellow flower made an appearance despite the town enduring 128.8mm of rain already in December – surpassing its monthly average for this time of year of 118.8mm