TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals the true extent of UK national debt
£890 billion (£0.89 trillion)
Official public sector debt quoted in the Budget by the Government
£7,900 billion (£7.9 trillion)
Real national debt, according to TaxPayers’ Alliance calculations
The TaxPayers’ Alliance today reveals the true extent of national debt, with a new report entitled The Real National Debt: A Decade of Reckless Growth.
The report finds that the official Government figure for national debt is much lower than the true amount that the UK Government (and therefore UK taxpayers) currently owes and that the real national debt has mushroomed over the last decade.
At the end of 2009-10 the real national debt stood at £7.9 trillion, over £300,000 for every single household in Britain
During the last decade debt has more than tripled, soaring from 230 per cent of GDP (£2.3 trillion) up to 560 per cent of GDP (£7.9 trillion)
Official national debt (quoted by the Chancellor in his budget) hugely underestimates taxpayer liabilities
Relative to GDP this is by far the biggest national debt we have ever had since records began
Our measure of the real national debt is gross debt (total debt) valued at market prices (the market value of the debt). It includes the following items (2009-10):
At March 2010, we calculate the total debt stood at £7,873 billion (£7.9 trillion)
Large numbers can be difficult to imagine. To help taxpayers understand the true scale of the real national debt the TaxPayers’ Alliance is releasing a video in conjunction with this report, featuring Mike Denham, the report author.
Notes to Editors
1. THIS REPORT IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2010
2. Large numbers can be difficult to imagine; £1 trillion = £1,000 billion; £1 billion = £1,000 million
3. The national debt is the total amount of money the UK Government currently owes. This is different to the national deficit, which is the amount of money UK Government spends in excess of income. Each year we run a deficit, the national debt grows. Britain has been running a national deficit for the past 9 years.
4. It’s not merely the huge scale of the national debt that is cause for concern, but also the rate at which it is increasing. Net borrowing this year alone will be £163 billion, and by 2014/15 the official national debt is predicted to rise to £1.4 trillion. Remember, this just the debt that the Chancellor reports in his Budget.
5. To put this frightening rate of borrowing into context, the current rate of increase in the national debt would eat up: