Get the facts: Debt and deficit

2 July 2020

This is what we know about the government loan to pay slave owners compensation after slavery was abolished in 1833

This amounted to £20 million, or 40% of government spending that year.

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This is what we know about the government loan to pay slave owners compensation after slavery was abolished in 1833
11 December 2019

What has happened to the debt and deficit now and under previous governments?

This article is part of our Ask Full Fact series on the 2019 general election, answering your questions about the election, from claims the main parties are making to what …

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What has happened to the debt and deficit now and under previous governments?
4 October 2019

This quote attributed to Boris Johnson is not real

Boris Johnson did not say "we have wiped out the national debt". He did say the Conservatives had tackled the debt and deficit.

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This quote attributed to Boris Johnson is not real
26 April 2019

What is the UK’s public debt?

In May 2010, when the Conservative-led coalition came to power, the national debt was £1.03 trillion. As of March 2019 it had risen to £1.80 trillion.

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What is the UK’s public debt?
2 November 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 1 November came from Clacton-on-Sea. Topics covered included income tax changes, austerity, early elections, policing priorities, and the impact on Brexit of the investigation into Arron Banks.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
26 October 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 25 October 2018 came from Barrow-in-Furness. Topics covered included Brexit, austerity, Trident and non-disclosure agreements.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
26 June 2018

Economy introductions: the size of government debt

An introduction to government debt

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Economy introductions: the size of government debt
15 March 2018

Economy introductions: the size of the government deficit

An introduction to the size of the government's budget deficit.

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Economy introductions: the size of the government deficit
18 October 2017

UK economy; what was the OECD's verdict?

The UK economy grew at 0.3% in the last quarter, this is the slowest growth rate in the EU.

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UK economy; what was the OECD's verdict?
18 October 2017

Young people in record levels of debt?

It’s not clear this is the case looking at the levels of debt of all young people, including those not at university.

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Young people in record levels of debt?

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