July 21, 2020 / 6:33 AM / 16 days ago

Sunak says COVID-19 having big impact on public finances

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak wearing a face mask visits the Jobcentre Plus to see the new support being provided in job centres by the doubling of work coaches, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barking, east London, Britain July 16, 2020. Anthony Upton/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that COVID-19 was having a major impact on the public finances, which would need to be fixed in future.

“It’s clear that coronavirus has had a significant impact on our public finances, but we know without our response things would have been far worse,” Sunak said after data showed borrowing hit a record 128 billion pounds in the three months to June.

“I am also clear that, over the medium-term, we must, and we will, put our public finances back on a sustainable footing.”

Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken

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