UK debt reaches $1.3 trillion

Britain gripped by debt equivalent to 56.6 per cent of the country’s GDP.

Mervyn King recently said the government's borrowing levels were 'extraordinary' [EPA]
Mervyn King recently said the government's borrowing levels were 'extraordinary' [EPA]

‘Extraordinary borrowing’

Alan Clarke, UK economist at BNP Paribas, a French bank, said: “It wasn’t a terrible number on the day … but it doesn’t change the bigger picture that public sector finances are in bad shape.”

In the April to June period, public sector net borrowing stood at $68bn, nearly double the level in the same period a year ago.

Alistair Darling, Britain’s finance minister, has forecast borrowing for the full year of $288bn, a record post-war high – but several economists say $312bn is more likely.

Mervyn King, the governor of Britain’s central bank, recently said the government’s borrowing levels were “extraordinary”.

Source : News Agencies

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