LONDON (Bywire News) - On Thursday, Britain's top financial civil servant said that for the time being, an estimate of £372 billion for coronavirus-related spending was adequate, although likely to change.
According to a government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, earlier this month it was estimated that between February 2020 and the end of March 2021, government departments spent around £372 billion on COVID-19 kindred measures.
"It's a good, reliable snapshot as of today, but we would certainly expect - and I'm sure the NAO would expect - that number to change as we see what happens," Tom Scholar, the finance ministry's most senior civil servant, told a panel of lawmakers. ($1 = 0.7082 pounds)
(Reporting by Andy Bruce and Klaudia Fior, Editing by Paul Sandle)