October 29, 2018 / 5:16 PM / 20 days ago

Budget doesn't alter view of high public debt - Moody's

LONDON (Reuters) - British public debt looks set to remain high for a long time and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget on Monday does not change that view, ratings agency Moody’s said.

“Today’s budget confirms our expectation that we won’t see a material reversal in the UK’s high public debt levels for some time and that elevated debt levels will continue to be a credit challenge for the UK for the foreseeable future,” Sarah Carlson, Moody’s lead sovereign analyst for the UK, said in a statement.

“Social and political pressure to increase spending will remain high, while the ongoing Brexit negotiations present a high level of uncertainty over the economic outlook.”

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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