The UK’s accumulated debt reached 95.1% of its GDP

Facade of the Bank of England in London, UK, in a file photo. EFE / Andy Rain (ANDY RAIN ANDY RAIN /)

The UK’s cumulative debt reached 2.27 trillion pounds ($ 3.04 trillion) at the end of October, equivalent to 95.1% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)., a percentage not seen since the 1960s, the National Statistics Office (ONS) reported this Friday.

The UK reached that level after the Government was indebted last October for 18,800 million pounds (25,233 million dollars), according to the ONS.

The October 2021 tentative estimates of central government revenue were 65.5 billion pounds, an increase of 3.8 billion pounds (or 6.2%) compared to October 2020, while central government agencies spent 78.8 billion pounds, an increase of 1.5 billion pounds (or 1.9%) compared to October 2020, according to the ONS.

Pictured several pounds in London, UK.  EFE / Andy Rain / Archive
Pictured several pounds in London, UK. EFE / Andy Rain / Archive (ANDY RAIN /)

The central government’s net cash requirement (excluding UK Asset Resolution Ltd and Network Rail) was 2.6 billion pounds in October 2021, 11.8 billion less than in October 2020, bringing the total for the year to October 2021 at £ 101.2 billion.

The rise in debt responds to the Measures taken by the British Government to help workers in the face of restrictions imposed in the country to contain COVID-19.

Faced with the economic stoppage, the Executive applied a plan to help companies pay part of their employees’ wages, a measure that, however, ended at the end of September.

(With information from EFE)


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