In fact the lending in January was up by £1.8 billion, improving on the 6 month average of £1.1 billion – leaving a 12 month rate of 1.0%, up by 0.1% in the month.
Within this lending the figures where secured on dwellings also by £1.6 billion, again improving on the previous 6 monthly average of £0.8 billion. The 12 month growth rate on lending secured on dwellings was unchanged at 0.8%.
However this is a far cry from the 12 month growth rates seen in the boom of 2003-2004, reaching over 15%, and still below the lows of 4% seen during the late 1990s.
Housing lending totals
The total gross lending secured on dwellings, with the rise of £1.6 billion, now stands at £12.8 billion for January.
Repayments against this secured lending was £11.7 billion, approximately the same as the previous 6 month average of £11.5 billion.
The lending approval figures however were a mixed bag: