Government borrowing hit £36BILLION in September the third-highest in any month since records began

Government borrowing hit £36BILLION in September while inflation climbs by 0.5% after end of Eat Out to Help Out

UK government borrowing has topped £36.1bn in September as heavy spending continued to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is £28.4bn more than last year, and the third-highest borrowing in any month since records began in 1993.

The figures came as it was reported that the UK’s inflation rate – the number that tracks the prices of goods and services – climbed to 0.5% in September.

In August the rise had been a disappointing 0.2% in August, despite many shops reopening.

Prices had started to rise more quickly in September after the Eat Out To Help Out scheme.

The Office for National Statistics said: ‘The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had an impact on public sector borrowing that is unprecedented in peacetime. 

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