By Jonathan Davies

Net public sector borrowing grew by £9 billion in the April to July quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said net public sector borrowing was £32.4bn in the second quarter of the year, up from the £23bn borrowed in the same period last year.

The government reported a surprise £239m deficit in the quarter. Many economist had expected a surplus for July, albeit a minuscule one of £50 million. July usually brings a surplus due to tax payments.

The ONS said the government had to borrow £200 million. It was down on the £1 billion borrowed in the same period last year, but still prevented the surplus.

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