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Provisional estimates from the ONS suggest that the government borrowed £47 billion in 2016/17, which was £26 billion lower than the amount borrowed in 2015/16. Borrowing in 2016/17 was at its lowest level since 2007/08. The £47 billion borrowed in 2016/17 is equivalent to 2.4% of GDP.
At the end of 2016/17 the UK’s net debt was £1,728 billion (£1.7 trillion). The debt-to-GDP ratio increased from 83.5% of GDP at the end of 2015/16 to 86.5% of GDP at the end of 2016/17.
The ONS’s figures for 2016/17 are provisional: they are not final figures and may be revised over the coming months as provisional data are replaced with finalised and audited data.
Net borrowing – often described as the deficit – is the difference between what the government spends and what it receives in taxes over a particular time period.
Net debt is the total amount that the public sector owes – it is largely the stock of past borrowing.