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True cost of UK debt is £86,000 per household, warns MP


By Deborah Hyde

19 October 2009

The Conservative MP for Braintree calculates the true level of government debt is £2,200 billion (or £85,610 per household), equivalent to 157% of GDP.

He said the latest official figure of £805 billion does not take into account:

  • the full cost of projects financed through the PFI (£139 billion)
  • unfunded public sector pension liabilities (£1,104 billion)
  • contingent liabilities such as Network Rail (£22 billion)
  • the cost of recent interventions in the financial sector (£130 billion).

These hidden liabilities total £1,395 billion (100% of GDP).

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Government debt ‘nearly three times higher than official figure’

Tom Bawden

October 19, 2009

Employers yesterday called upon the Government to get to grips with its ballooning debts as a new study put the true size of the public sector’s net liabilities at £2,200 billion, almost three times official figures.

The CBI said that the Government needed to cut its planned spending by £120 billion over the next six years, amid forecasts that official figures due tomorrow will show that total net borrowing has surged by another £10 billion in the past month.

The true level of Government debt is equivalent to 157 per cent of national output and nearly three times as large as the £805 billion figure reported by the Office for National Statistics, according to a new book published by a centre-right think tank.

Brooks Newmark, the Conservative MP for Braintree, Essex, says in The Hidden Bombshell, published today by the Centre for Policy Studies, that government debt is actually £2,200 billion. In the book, Mr Newmark argues that the UK’s public sector net debt is equivalent to £85,610 per household and in the last year has risen by £346 billion — or by £11,000 a second.

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