Monday, July 4, 2011

04/07/2011: Exchequer balance: H1 2011

Exchequer results are in for June and in the previous two posts I discussed tax receipts (here) and overall distribution of taxation burden across various tax heads (here). In this post, I will be quickly covering Exchequer balance/deficit for H1 2011.

Overall tax and non-tax revenues came in at €16,744.6 million against €15,298 million in H1 2010 with both tax revenues and non-tax receipts on current side coming upside. However, total voted current account expenditure came in at €20,547 million in H1 2011, up on €19,655 million. This hardly amounts to 'austerity' working (more on expenditure analysis in the later blogpost).

Non-voted current expenditure came in at €3,375 billion, similar expenditures for 2010 over the same period were €3,071 million. Banking measures in H1 2011 accounted for €3,085 million against comparable period 2010 official (see below) figure of zero.

Overall, Exchequer deficit for H1 2011 stood at €10,828.5 million against 2010 figure of €8,887 million. Excluding banking measures H1 2011 deficit stood at €7,743, while excluding banking measures accumulated over 2010 and backed-out to June 2010, the ex-banks deficit for H1 2010 was around €7,590. Note - this imperfectly takes into account variable timing for deficit increases due to banks measures.

Here's the chart:
Again, I am not seeing any dramatic improvements here on 2010 performance.

It is worth noting - remember that department expenditure will be covered in the later post - that national debt interest and management expenses through H1 2011 have risen to €2,501 million from €2,231 million in H1 2010. Thus interest and debt management cost are currently running at 16.36% of total tax receipts.

Through H1 2011 we have borrowed €11,370 million from EFS, €7,178.5 million from IMF and €3,659.6 from EFSF, so total borrowings rose from €7,589.6 million in H1 2010 to €16,653 million in H1 2011. Of the money we borrowed (at more than 5.8% pa), €10,277.5 million is still held in deposits with Irish banks at, oh, maximum rate of ca 1.4-1.5% (see here) implying an annualized cost of this shambolic support for Irish banks to the Exchequer of ca €450 million - oh, about the amount of money the Government is clawing out of the pensions levy?..
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