LONDON  - Bank of England policymakers voted on Thursday to leave the BoE's main interest rate at a record-low level, as Britain's economy shows signs of recovery.

They also decided to keep the level of stimulus cash that the BoE has pumped into the economy at £375 billion ($571 billion, 431 billion euros), said a statement published following its August meeting.

"The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today voted to maintain the official Bank Rate paid on commercial bank reserves at 0.5 percent," the statement said.

"The Committee also voted to maintain the stock of asset purchases financed by the issuance of central bank reserves at £375 billion."

Clues to the reasons behind Thursday's decisions are expected to be included in the BoE's next quarterly report containing its inflation and economic growth forecasts and that is due to be published on Wednesday.

"In line with market expectations, there was no change to UK monetary policy" on Thursday, said HSBC economist Simon Wells.

"The MPC stated last month that any announcement on more explicit forward policy guidance would come alongside next week's Inflation Report and not after today's policy meeting.

"Given the strong (British) data this month and that most MPC members thought the current policy stance was appropriate in July, any change today would have been a big surprise. Now it's all eyes on 7 August Inflation Report," Wells added.

The latest regular two-day policy meeting was the second under new governor Mark Carney and followed recent official data showing that the British economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter, cementing its recovery from recession.

Canadian Carney, who replaced long-serving Mervyn King, made an impressive debut in July when he united the nine-member MPC panel in their decision to refrain from injecting more stimulus cash, or quantitative easing (QE).

The committee had been previously split on the issue since late 2012.

Minutes from the July meeting also revealed that policymakers would study other ways of helping to stimulate fragile economic growth.

In addition, the MPC is mulling the possible use of "forward guidance" -- a policy which involves giving a clearer indication of how interest rates may evolve in the short to medium term. This policy could be tied to the unemployment rate, in a similar way to the US Federal Reserve.

Carney was last week greeted with news that Britain's economic recovery accelerated in the second quarter, but finance minister George Osborne insisted that the coalition government would stick to its tough austerity plans.

Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.6 percent in the three months to the end of June. This compared to a gain of 0.3 percent in the previous quarter and is the first time since 2011 that Britain has achieved back-to-back quarterly increases.

The Bank of England's main task is to use monetary policy as a tool to keep annual inflation close to a government-set target level of 2.0 percent, in order to preserve the value of money.

But British official annual inflation hit a 14-month peak in June at 2.9 percent.

QE can stoke inflation as it is tantamount to printing money and although the British economy escaped a return to recession in the first quarter, the country is a long way from producing strong growth according to market watchers.

Under QE, the Bank of England creates cash that is used to purchase assets such as government and corporate bonds with the aim of boosting lending and in turn economic activity.

In recent years, Britain's economy has been battered by the combined impact of government austerity measures and the eurozone's long-running sovereign debt crisis.

For Britain, a member of the European Union but not a member of the single currency bloc, the eurozone is its main trading partner.