No tax rises as Brown can borrow £70bn
In an attempt to play down fears of further tax hikes, the Treasury has said that Gordon Brown could borrow a further £70bn and still meet his 'golden rule'.
A huge shortfall in the income expected from corporation tax, and ambitious public spending promises has left Brown with a huge hole in his coffers.
As a result experts across the board were predicting further tax rises to fill the gap.
But Treasury officials say that unexpected revenues earned from tax in previous years means there is a surplus of £50bn since the beginning of the economic cycle in 1999. Combined with a further £19bn surplus for the remaining two years of the cycle Treasury officials insist Brown can still meet his rules.