While today's figures suggest tax receipts came in relatively strongly in December, the growth in receipts over the year to date has still been disappointing relative to the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecast for the year as a whole.
This reflects, in particular, weak growth in receipts of income tax, capital gains tax and national insurance contributions so far this year.
In addition, central Government current spending has also grown slightly more quickly so far than was forecast for the whole year, largely due to spending on the administration and delivery of public services.
If these trends were to continue for the remaining three months of the financial year then borrowing this year could slightly overshoot the OBR's forecast, by around £3 billion.
More top news
Police were stunned to find two immigrants hidden in specially made compartments in the vehicle.
A £70,000 benefits cheat who said he couldn't walk was filmed pulling two suitcases through an airport before going on a luxury holiday.
Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has accused Jeremy Corbyn of 'making excuses' for Russia's Putin over action in Ukraine.