This is the debt for every single man, woman and child in the UK.
Imagine your family's credit card bill was this big.
Our children and grandchildren will have to pay off our debts, not us.
The national debt is the total amount of money the UK Government currently owes. This is different to the deficit, which is the amount of money UK Government spends in excess of income. Each year we run a deficit, the national debt grows.
It's not merely the huge scale of the national debt that is cause for concern, but also the rate at which it is increasing. The national debt will be £137 billion more at the end of this year than it was at the beginning.
The amount spent on paying interest since 6 April.