Big freeze of 2012 (no I'm not talking about the weather)

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It might be called the Autumn Statement, but for most of us it will be far more wintery than that. I'm going to Liverpool to meet a panel of people all dreading different aspects of today's announcements from the Chancellor.

The Liver Building in Liverpool
The Liver Building in Liverpool Credit: Press Association

One of the main predictions I keep hearing is of a big freeze on working age benefits. Not increasing welfare payments in line with inflation equals a cut. It is likely that the government would defend such a move by saying that most people with jobs have had no pay rises - so why should benefit claimants?

Two out of three workers have endured a pay freeze, with some not getting a rise since 2009 (source: USwitch Survey 2012). With inflation now running at 3.2% (RPI) this is a big burden on household finances.

I will be on air after the Chancellor's statement. After all the predictions and politics it will be a chance to hear from the people.