Michael Burton 21 August 2020

Lockdown havoc on finance figures

Public debt has bust the £2 trillion mark for the first time, up by £227.6bn over the same time last year as the lockdown wreaks havoc on the public finance figures.

However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reduced its estimate of local government borrowing by £1bn.

Debt at the end of July was 100.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), an increase of 20.4% compared with the same point last year and the first time it has been above 100% in almost 60 years.

In July the public sector borrowed £26.7bn or £28.3bn more than it borrowed in July 2019.

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