Britain's actual debt stands at £4.8 trillion

Mark Littlewood comments on the latest national debt figure

Responding to the latest borrowing figures from the ONS, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, expresses grave concern that these figures disguise the gravity of Britain’s financial situation. He said:

“The latest official national debt figure of £816bn is seriously misleading. Looming in the background are pension liabilities, these should be moved to the forefront. A more accurate picture of the situation shows that Britain finds itself saddled with a national debt of nearly £5 trillion.

“The ONS should include these liabilities in their calculations. It is shocking enough to see official figures revealing a jump in national debt over the last year from the equivalent of 48% of GDP to 56%, but the grave reality is that our real national debt stands at 333% of GDP.

“The budget deficit for last month may have been lower than expected, but this provides us with little comfort. A renewed and aggressive approach to getting spending under control and the deficit eliminated must be the government’s top priority.”

To arrange an interview with Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, please contact Ruth Porter, Communications Manager, 077 5171 7781, 020 7799 8900, rporter@iea.org.uk.

 

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