The Bank of England marked five continuous years of interest rates at their historic low of 0.5% today as it again decided to leave them unchanged.
It is the 60th monthly meeting in succession that rate-setters on the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) have set the rate at that level.
Rates were slashed to 0.5% in March 2009 amid the depths of the economic downturn and have stayed there ever since as monetary policy remains on what is described as "emergency setting".
The £375 billion programme of quantitative easing pumping money into the economy was also held at the same level today, with the UK's gross domestic product still below the level it was six years ago despite improving growth during 2013.
Today's meeting sets the scene for what economists expect will be the demise of the Bank's flagship forward guidance policy - which pledges no rate hike will be considered until unemployment has fallen to 7%.
This month's MPC meeting is expected to be the last under the auspices of the guidance in its current form, before it is tweaked next week.
Bank governor Mark Carney has indicated that a "range of options" on how to adjust the pledge will be set out in its quarterly inflation report.
It comes as the jobless rate falls more quickly towards the 7% target than policy makers had first expected when they set the guidance in August, leading some analysts to bring forward expectations of a rate hike as early as this year.