Mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in two months following better-than-expected inflation figures.

Rates on both two and five-year fixed deals have dropped on hopes that the Bank of England may not raise interest rates as much as previously thought.

The rate of inflation slowed to 7.9% in the 12 months to June.

Months of increasing borrowing costs have put pressure on mortgage holders who are forced to renew deals at much higher monthly payment rates.

The average two-year fixed residential mortgage rate dipped to 6.79% on Thursday from 6.81%, according to financial information service Moneyfacts

Meanwhile, the average five-year fixed residential mortgage rate edged down to 6.31% from 6.33%.

The Bank of England has raised interest rates 13 times since December 2021 in an effort to slow soaring price rises, otherwise known as inflation.

Figures on Wednesday showed that inflation had fallen from 8.7% in the year to May to its lowest level in more than a year.

But the UK's inflation rate remains almost four times higher than the Bank's official 2% target.

However, the Bank is not expected to raise interest rates - currently at 5% - as steeply as it did during its last meeting when it lifted them by half a percentage point from 4.5%.

When the Bank next meets on 3 August to decide on interest rates, analysts now predict a quarter percentage point rise to 5.25%.

Although some economists believe stubbornly high inflation in the UK may mean rates will rise further.

Capital Economics said that rates will peak at 5.5% this year. Without the drop in inflation seen in June, that figure would have been much higher, around 6%.