(Office for Budget Responsibility)
April 23rd, 2021
The initial estimate of government borrowing for the 2020-21 fiscal year of £303.1 billion is roughly double the previous record set at the height of the financial crisis in 2009-10 (£157.7 billion). But it is £24.3 billion below our March forecast on a like-for-like basis (and £51.5 billion below it including loan write-offs that are not yet recorded in outturn).
The surprise relative to our forecast is largely due to spending on pandemic-related programmes coming in below our downwardly revised forecast.
Receipts were only modestly stronger than anticipated.