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UK’s Sunak faces new headache as borrowing figures overshoot forecast


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LONDON (Reuters) – British public-sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, totalled 151.8 billion pounds ($193.59 billion) in the 2021/22 financial year, above the most recent estimate by the government’s budget forecasters.

Last month, the Office for Budget Responsibility said it expected borrowing in 2021/22 to be 127.8 billion pounds.

In March alone, borrowing was 18.1 billion pounds, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, below the average forecast of a deficit of 19.25 billion pounds in a Reuters poll of economists.($1 = 0.7841 pounds)

UK public borrowing above government forecasts in 2021/22 year

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