Pound falls to 37-year low against dollar; UK economic woes deepen in September – business live

Sterling weakest since 1985 against US dollar, as Kwasi Kwarteng presents mini-budget and UK economic downturn worsens

Kwasi Kwarteng’s (expected) pledge to “turn the vicious cycle of stagnation into a virtuous cycle of growth” hasn’t sparked much excitement in the City.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index has lost 0.6% this morning, dropping to its lowest since mid-July.

The FTSE 250 index has lost 22% so far this year, with the latest 0.5% rate hike from the Bank of England adding to tightening concerns at a time when growth is flat to non-existent.

It is expected that the government will unveil a new “fiscal event” later in a mini-budget which should involve tax cuts and increased spending in an attempt to stimulate growth. It remains to be seen how effective such moves might be, given the wider pressures affecting economies globally.”

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