B&B nationalisation is confirmed

I’m glad my mortgage is not with B&B:

Mortgage lender Bradford & Bingley (B&B) is to be nationalised, the government has confirmed.

Under the arrangement, the government will take control of the bank’s £50bn in mortgages and loans. Shares in the company have been suspended.

B&B’s £20bn savings business and branch network will be bought by rival Abbey, which is in turn owned by Spanish banking group Santander.

B&B is the latest bank to fall victim to the crisis in the financial sector.

“Following recent turbulence in global financial markets, Bradford & Bingley has found itself under increasing pressure as investors and lenders lost confidence in its ability to carry on as an independent institution,” said the Treasury.

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