BoE's Mann sees need for urgency on inflation, but some things beyond control



LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Bank of England policymaker Catherine Mann said on Friday that she did feel a sense of urgency about addressing inflation pressures but some factors driving up prices were beyond the British central bank's control.

"I do have a sense of urgency. But I have a sense of urgency for the things that I think I can affect and the current surge in goods prices is not one of them," Mann said in a question-and-answer session in which she was asked why she was not pushing harder for interest rate increases.

Mann also highlighted how British economic output was still lower than where it would have been without the COVID-19 pandemic, and that employment levels were lower.
Reporting by David Milliken Editing by William Schomberg

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