SVR warning as Halifax raises mortgage rates

Sarah Coles
Halifax sign
Halifax sign

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Halifax, the biggest mortgage lender in the UK, has raised its standard variable rate by 0.3 percentage points - ironically it chose to do this at the point when the Bank of England said it would keep rates at a record low of 0.5% for the 38th month running.

This will be painful for Halifax customers, but why is this happening, and what does it mean for borrowers generally?