United Kingdom Government Budget

The United Kingdom recorded a Government Budget deficit equal to 6.10 percent of the countrys Gross Domestic Product in 2012. Government Budget in the United Kingdom is reported by the Eurostat. From 1995 until 2012, the United Kingdom Government Budget averaged -3.6 Percent of GDP reaching an all time high of 3.6 Percent of GDP in December of 2000 and a record low of -11.4 Percent of GDP in December of 2009. Government Budget is an itemized accounting of the payments received by government (taxes and other fees) and the payments made by government (purchases and transfer payments). A budget deficit occurs when an government spends more money than it takes in. The opposite of a budget deficit is a budget surplus. This page provides - United Kingdom Government Budget - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-23

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
-6.10 -7.70 3.60 -11.40 -5.50 | 2013/12 1995 - 2012 Percent of GDP Yearly

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Government Debt To GDP 88.70 2012-12-31 84.30 88.70 31.30 94.30 2013-12-31 Percent [+]
Credit Rating 97.96 2013-12-31 [+]
Government Budget Value -204.00 2014-02-15 -19346.00 54910.00 -35582.00 4365.71 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Government Spending 86654.00 2013-11-15 86822.00 87195.00 32311.00 87357.02 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Government Budget -6.10 2012-12-31 -7.70 3.60 -11.40 -5.50 2013-12-31 Percent of GDP [+]
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Government Budget | Notes
A government budget is a legal document that forecasts the government expenditures and revenues for a specific period of time. The period covered by a budget is usually a year, known as a financial or fiscal year, which may or may not correspond with the calendar year. A government budget is often passed by the legislature, and approved by the chief executive or president.


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