Ticking-off for 
Cameron over debt claim

David CAMERON has received a ticking-off from the official statistics watchdog over his claim that the Government was “paying down Britain’s debts”.

The Prime Minister’s assertion in last week’s Conservative Party political broadcast sparked a furious complaint by Labour, which described his comments as “deliberately misleading” as the debt was actually rising.

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Chair of the UK Statistics Authority Andrew Dilnot confirmed yesterday that public sector net debt has risen from £811 billion in 2010 when the coalition took office to £1.1 trillion at the end of last year.

Responding to Labour’s complaint, Mr Dilnot said it was important that politicians distinguished correctly between accumulated debt, and annual public sector borrowing – which has come down under the coalition.

He said it was important for all parties to understand the relevant statistical definitions.