The UK's public sector net borrowing has soared to £77.3bn - the worst figure for the April to September period on record.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says overall Government debt now stands at £824.8bn, or 59% of GDP, and it expects borrowing to hit £175bn this year. That figure includes about £142bn in bank bail-outs.
September public sector net borrowing came in at £14.8bn, slightly lower than analysts had expected but still a major increase on the £8.7bn borrowed in the same month last year.
Hetal Mehta, senior economic adviser to the Ernst & Young Item Club, says: "If the rate of deterioration continues at this pace, the Government is likely to overshoot its spending projection for the current fiscal year."
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