The Chancellor Gordon Brown has been given a “could do better” in a report on cutting national debt.
The Institute for Fiscal studies says other countries are reducing their debts faster.
Research showed 17 of 22 leading industrialised countries have improved their budget balances by more than Britain since 1996.
The think-tank said: “After a decade of Mr Brown’s stewardship, the UK still has a relatively big structural budget deficit by international standards and remains mid-table when comparing the size of government debt.”
Brown gets debt rebuke