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Jeremy Hunt’s big spending pledges are coming home to roost

22 August 2023

6:17 PM

22 August 2023

6:17 PM

The Office for National Statistics reports this morning that public sector net borrowing in July came in at £4.3 billion. This is the fifth-highest July borrowing month since records began, with an additional £3.4 billion being spent to fund the government’s spending pledges compared to July last year.

Still, there is fast talk of room for manoeuvre for Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to spend more or cut tax, as cumulative government borrowing continues to undershoot the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) latest forecast for the fiscal year.

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