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Year-to-date borrowing lower than last year

This morning’s ONS data release estimates that borrowing in the first 11 months of 2023-24 was £106.8 billion, £4.6 billion below the same period last year. Borrowing in February was £8.4 billion, down £3.4 billion on the same month last year.

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Letters to John McDonnell MP and Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP

We have published two letters of correspondence on our website today. John McDonnell MP wrote to us on 7 March asking for clarification on the methodology used for the CGT changes announced at Budget and for an explanation of the different numbers presented in the OBR’s Economic and fiscal outlook and the Treasury’s Red Book….

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Budget cuts taxes but also leaves smaller margin against the Government’s fiscal rules

Overall, the economic and fiscal outlook is similar to November. While growth has slightly disappointed since then, a steeper fall in inflation and interest rates should support a stronger recovery. Against this backdrop, the Budget announces another 2p cut in national insurance, the cost of which is partly recouped through other tax rises. Public services…

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Welsh taxes outlook – February 2024

We have published an update to the Welsh taxes outlook (WTO) with new forecasts for land transaction tax and landfill disposals tax receipts, including evaluations of our previous forecasts including for the Welsh rates of income tax. The report is available in English and Welsh language. Welsh taxes outlook Rhagolwg trethi Cymreig