This area provides links to guidance and methodology publications related to Public Sector Finances statistics. These publications are often relevant to the Public Sector Finances and the Government Debt and Deficit under the Maastricht Treaty publications, as well as their associated tables.
Public Sector Finances (PSF)
The statistical bulletin on public sector finances is published jointly by 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.
Background for users of Public Sector Finance Statistics (78.1 Kb Pdf)
Government Debt and Deficit Under the Maastricht Treaty
This statistical bulletin on government deficit and debt under the Maastricht Treaty is published every six months, at the end of March and September each year to coincide with the dates when the UK and other EU Member States are obliged to report to the European Commission their actual and planned government deficit and debt.
The source data for this publication are the same as those used in compiling the monthly Public Sector Finances bulletin (for comparing with PSF releases use February for calendar year and August for financial year). However, there are three main differences between this bulletin and the Public Sector Finances.
This bulletin includes only debt and deficit recorded to central and local government, whereas the Public Sector Finance bulletin also includes measures of other public sector bodies.
This bulletin reports gross debt, that is all financial liabilities of central and local government, whereas the Public Sector Finance bulletin headline figure is net debt, that is the financial liabilities minus liquid assets (mainly in the form of cash deposits).
General government net borrowing as reported in this bulletin differs a little from that in the Public Sector Finances bulletin in order to make it fully consistent with guidance in the Manual on Government Deficit and Debt.
Sources summary and their timing (22.8 Kb Pdf)