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National debt stats

Latest public finances data [HM Treasury]
2010 Emergency Budget - PSND projections [HM Treasury]
Population projections [ONS]
Household projections [Communities and Local Government]
Employment figures from the Labour Force Survey [ONS]
Median wage data [ONS]

Britain's budget deficit

Budget deficit data from the Public Finances Databank [HM Treasury]
Public borrowing stats from Budget chapter C [HM Treasury]
IMF forecasts and historical comparisons [Policy Exchange]

The bond market

About UK gilts [DMO]
Holders of gilts [DMO]

Measuring the national debt

Definition of Public Sector Net Debt [HM Treasury]
Official estimates for cost of bank bailouts [ONS]
The Government's commitments to the banks [Bloomberg]
On the exclusion of PFI from PSND [The Guardian]

Public spending in Britain

Public spending stats from Budget chapter C [HM Treasury]

The impact of fiscal policy

OECD report on the value of public capital expenditure [OECD]
Analysis of public spending rises [Policy Exchange]

The consequences of national debt

Average gilt maturity [DMO]
Cost of debt interest [HM Treasury]
US Government report on the economic impact of national debt [Concord Coalition]
Crowding out [Modeling Monetary Economies - Google Books, p272]

Forecasting national debt

Official PSND projections [HM Treasury]
IMF GDP growth forecast [Times Online]
Independent GDP growth forecasts [Policy Exchange]

The history of Britain's debt

Formation of the Bank of England [Wikipedia]
History of national debt [HM Treasury]
Historical data from the Public Finances Databank [HM Treasury]

Quantitative Easing

QE explained [Bank of England]
Asset purchases by the BoE [Bank of England]


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