It has also decided not to extend its quantitative easing programme, designed to stimulate lending in the economy, beyond the £375bn already spent.
The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has held rates at 0.5% since March 2009 in a bid to help economic recovery.
Rates were expected to rise early next year, but economists think this will be pushed back due to recent poor news.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has also warned that the UK will not escape the slowdown in the
The Bank of England has said it wants to be sure growth is on a firmer footing, and that slack in the labour market is reducing, before it raises interest rates.