Another month, guess what, take a lucky guess, it is the same old story, HM Government, spends more money than it receives via taxes and duties. Another deficit month, thus to bridge the gap, needs to borrow on the bond market.
In October 2016, the HM Government had to borrow money to meet the difference between tax revenues and public sector expenditure. The term for this is The PSNCR: The Public Sector Net Cash Requirement.
There were “only” 4 auctions of Gilts (UK Government Bonds) by the UK Debt Management Office (http://www.dmo.gov.uk/) to raise cash for HM Treasury:-
19-Oct-2016 1½% Treasury Gilt 2026 £2,500.0000 Million
12-Oct-2016 0 1/8% Index-linked Treasury Gilt 2036 £850.0000 Million
06-Oct-2016 1½% Treasury Gilt 2047 £2,000.0000 Million
04-Oct-2016 0½% Treasury Gilt 2022 £2,819.6750 Million
When you add the cash raised:-
∑(£2,500.0000 Million + £850.0000 Million + £2,000.0000 Million + £2,819.6750 Million = 8,169.68 Million
8,169.68 Million = £8.196 Billion
On another way of looking at it, is in the 31 days in October, HM Government borrowed:-
£263 million each day for the 31 days.
We are fortunate, while the global banking and financial markets still has the confidence in HM Government to buy the Gilts (Lend money to the UK), the budget deficit keeps rising. What is also alarming, is the dates these bond mature 2022, 2026, 2036 and 2047. All long term borrowings, we are mortgaging our futures, but at least “We are in it together…”