The Size of UK Government Debt
The size of the national debt is one of the important macroeconomic numbers studied by economists.
Debt represents the cumulative amount the government owes to domestic and overseas creditors
The latest figures show that in March 2022, UK government debt was £2,365 billion
This is equivalent to 99.6% of gross domestic product.
UK debt is currently 11.8 percentage points above the EU average
Should we be worried about government debt equal to 100% of the UK’s GDP?
Debt interest payments were £19 billion in June 2022 alone.
A quarter of UK government debt is index-linked, so the cost of paying interest is pushed up by inflation, which in the UK is currently at a 40-year high.