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Public sector finances bulletin

The public sector finances statistical bulletin.


Public sector finances tables: December 2018


The public sector finances statistical bulletin is published jointly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and HM Treasury on a monthly basis and provides the latest available estimates for key public sector finance statistics, such as public sector net borrowing, public sector net debt and public sector current budget deficit/surplus.

The bulletin is structured with the latest headline figures, revisions and information on recent events and/or methodological changes which impact on the statistics, located at the front of the bulletin.

Following this there is some contextual information for users and then more detailed information on each of the key aggregates. Historic data on public sector net debt and public sector net borrowing have been included to put the latest figures in context. More detailed notes on the publication are located towards the end of the bulletin.

HM Treasury is no longer producing the public sector finances databank. For information on the key fiscal aggregates:

Go to the OBR for outturn and projected numbers for the key fiscal aggregates in financial years.

Go to the ONS for outturn data of the key fiscal aggregates in quarters, financial years and on a monthly basis.

Go to the ONS for a breakdown on receipts and expenditure.

Published 20 June 2013
Last updated 22 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with 'Public sector finances: December 2018' and 'Public sector finances tables: December 2018'.
  2. Updated with November's public sector finance bulletin.
  3. Updated with October data.
  4. Updated with 'Public sector finances: September 2018'.
  5. Updated with 'Public sector finances: August 2018'.
  6. Updated with 'Public sector finances: July 2018'.
  7. Updated with Public sector finances: June 2018
  8. Updated with Public Sector Finances: May 2018.
  9. Updated with April data.
  10. Updated with March data.
  11. Updated with February data.
  12. Updated with January data
  13. Updated with December data.
  14. Updated with November data.
  15. Updated with October data
  16. Updated with September data
  17. File updated to correct an error in the estimation of local government and public sector net borrowing in 2016 and 2017.
  18. Updated with August data
  19. Updated with July data
  20. Updated with June data
  21. Updated with May data
  22. Updated with April data
  23. Updated with March's data
  24. Updated with February's data
  25. Updated with January's data
  26. Updated with December's data
  27. Updated with November's data
  28. Updated with October data
  29. Updated: Public Sector Finances; September 2016 pdf
  30. Updated with data from September
  31. Updated with: Public sector finances August 2016
  32. Updated with: public sector finance bulletin (July 2016)
  33. Updated with: Public Sector Finances June 2016
  34. Updated with: Public Sector Finances May 2016
  35. updated with april stats
  36. Updated with March 2016
  37. Updated February's PDF with bulletin as well as tables.
  38. Updated with February's bulletin.
  39. error in table REC3 corrected
  40. updated with January figures
  41. updated with december files
  42. Updated with November figures.
  43. Updated to include October's returns
  44. September bulletin added.
  45. Updated with August 2015 figures
  46. Updated for July 2015
  47. Updated with June 2015
  48. Updated with May's public sector finances statistical bulletin.
  49. April bulletin uploaded
  50. Latest monthly public sector finance bulletin (March 2015)
  51. Updated version
  52. Updated version
  53. Updated to include December 2014 outturn
  54. Updated for November return
  55. Updated with the latest monthly public sector finance bulletin (October 2014)
  56. September public sector finances published
  57. updated for August
  58. updated for July
  59. updated for june
  60. updated with May bulletin
  61. updated with April bulletin
  62. added March bulletin and tables
  63. February 2014 release published
  64. updated with january bulletin
  65. updated with new bulletin
  66. updated with november release
  67. added October bulletin
  68. Update for August release
  69. August update
  70. June update
  71. update for may
  72. First published.