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Government borrowing rises to £8.6 billion

Government borrowing rose by £2.7 billion to £8.6 billion in October. Today's figures from the Office for National Statistics are the last set before the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

They are crucial in indicating whether or not George Osborne will need to introduce further austerity measures to bring down Britain's debt and stick to the target.

The government will study today's figures closely ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn statement Credit: Press Association