George Osborne set to meet deficit target after rise in tax receipts


Government borrowing fell to £6.9bn in February, taking the total this year to £81.8bn

The chancellor was handed a pre-election boost after a jump in self-assessed tax receipts triggered the smallest February deficit in seven years putting him on course to meet his full-year target.

British workers paid £4.2bn in self-assessed income tax last month, £1.8bn more than the same month last year according to the Office for National Statistics.

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