The UK authorities borrowed £35.9bn in August as tackling the financial fallout of pandemic took its toll on the general public funds, official figures present.
The determine – the distinction between spending and tax revenue – was £30.5bn greater than it borrowed in August final 12 months.
The rise meant that the borrowing determine hit its highest quantity for August since data started in 1993.
Borrowing between April and August totalled £173.7bn – additionally a report.
UK debt handed £2tn for the primary time in historical past in July as the federal government spent billions on introducing measures designed to guard the financial system towards the fallout brought on by the coronavirus disaster.
In August, debt hit £2.024tn, £249.5bn greater than the identical time in 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics.
That determine now exceeds the dimensions of the UK financial system, the best degree of debt seen for the reason that 1960s.
Andrew Wishart, UK economist at Capital Economics, mentioned that rising borrowing figures have been right down to the federal government absorbing “a lot of the price of the Covid-19 disaster”.
The federal government has been compelled to cowl a variety of wide-range of coronavirus-related prices – from the furlough scheme and bailouts for rail companies to enterprise charges holidays and VAT cuts for hospitality and tourism.
However “the large image is that fiscal assist will fade over the autumn inflicting many extra job losses to be realised”, Mr Wishart added.