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By 2021/22, an estimated 15.1% of main budget revenue will be used to service debt, compared with 13.9% in 2018/19.

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Ironically, despite the negative impact on the budget in the near term, buy canada goose uk the relief gained by many businesses particularly small, medium and micro enterprises from clearing the backlog and the timely payment of refunds going forward will benefit the economy over the longer term.

While expenditure towards social spending has been maintained, and even increased in real terms over the MTBPS period, there will be real reductions (or minimal real growth, depending on inflation) in allocations to key functions such as agriculture and rural development.

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