Bank of England Launches Digital Pound CBDC Project

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The Bank of England has officially launched its digital pound CBDC project as a “new form of money,” for households and businesses. An official consultation paper distributed by the Bank of England and HM Treasury outlines the new project and the various facets of the digital pound.

The CBDC project from the UK has been in the works for some time, with many anxious about its eventual release. According to the documents, the digital currency would be issued by the nation’s central bank. Households and businesses would access it through digital wallets.

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The Bank of England has officially launched its new digital pound CBDC project. A development that is set to implement a “new form of digital money for use by households and businesses for their everyday payment needs.”

The consultation paper on the project noted the intention for the digital pound to “sit alongside, not replace, cash” to be a digital currency counterpart to traditional finance systems. Moreover, stating the intention of the CBDC is to “ensure that central bank money remains available and useful in an ever more digital economy.

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During the introductory phase of the CBDC, the consultation paper notes a potential limit on the amount held by each citizen. Stating, “We judge that a limit of between £10,000 and £20,000 per individual is likely to strike an appropriate balance between hanging risks and supporting wide usability of the digital pound.”

The paper makes note of “private sector innovation,” amidst the benefits of the diversification of payments in the UK. Additionally, noting that the development would be one that would occur over a matter of years. Stating the decision of whether digital payment in the country is even needed would only come through observation of “how the payments landscape evolves in coming years, both in the UK and abroad.”

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The report states that “it is too early to take the decision on whether to introduce the digital pound.” Furthermore noting, “that decision will be made in coming years making account of developments in money and payments and based on our findings as we investigate further operational features and technology,” required for its implementation. Conclusively, the idea of a CBDC in the UK is still way away, but the launching of the program is still a massive feat for hte digital asset industry.