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George Osborne could use the Autumn Statement to give poor families a break by increasing minimum wage, increasing child benefit and childcare, an anti-poverty campaigner told Daybreak.
Alison Garnham, the chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, warned the minimum wage had "fallen behind by 4%" and families with two parents earning £6.31 per hour still only had enough for "80% of their needs...and to look after their children".
Child benefit would have lost "15% of its value" by 2015 because it had been frozen for three years and then "pegged" to a 1% increase, she said.
Ms Garnham added: "The third thing is something more to help with childcare costs, because particularly low income working families have taken a big hit. The help they get was reduced in tax credit from 80% to 70%. "
ITV News Scotland correspondent Debi Edward has tweeted:
Power out in Conon Bridge, gusts up to 103mph over Aonoch Mor, many roads from Kirkintilloch to Falkland fallen debris, trains off till 7am
A83 at rest and be thankful has been closed due to bad weather #scotstorm
There are 59 flood alerts across England and Wales this morning as gale-force winds are set to batter Britain causing travel misery for commuters.
Parts of the UK have been warned today to brace themselves for 90mph winds and the most serious tidal surge for 30 years threatening to flood the east coast of England.
Commuters could face delays as gale-force winds batter Scotland and northern and eastern England, forecasters said.
There could be "significant coastal flooding" in some areas due to high sea levels and huge tidal surges, The Environment Agency said.
Disruption is also expected on a number of rail routes, including East Coast trains between York and Edinburgh and Glasgow Central, TransPennine Express trains, CrossCountry, Virgin Train and Northern Rail routes, as well as Grand Central trains between Sunderland and York.
Areas most at risk of flooding include the North Sea coast from Northumberland down to the Thames Estuary and Kent.
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to cap increases to business rates in his Autumn Statement today and only a quarter of the public think the coalition understands the concerns of small business owners and entrepreneurs, according to the ITV News Index carried out by polling firm ComRes.
Only 26% of those questioned said the Government understood small business owners, while 66% thought the Coalition understood banks and big businesses.
The British public generally supports the Chancellor prioritising tax cuts, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.
- Two in five (43%) agree with the Chancellor prioritising tax cuts, while 31% disagree.
- However, voters are wary of 'unfunded' tax cuts with 43% saying that George Osborne should not announce cuts if it means the Government's finances would be in a worse state.
The rich will benefit more than the poor from the growing economy if the Conservatives win the next General Election in 2015, according to the ITV News Index.
Three in five voters (58%) said they expected the rich to benefit more, while just one in five (20%) disagree.
The British public is split about whether the economy is getting better, according to a poll carried out for ITV News:
- Over the past three months 34% believe the UK economy has got better while 34% said it had got worse.
- However, two in five (44%) said their personal financial situation has got worse in the past three months, compared to just 15% who said it got better.
Chancellor George Osborne has risen to his highest rating on economic trust for two and a half years as he prepares to deliver the Autumn Statement, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.
More people (28%) said they trust him to see the country through its economic situation than at any time since June 2011, with the question being asked every month since the coalition came into power in 2010.
Osborne is more trusted than Labour leader Ed Miliband (25%), shadow chancellor Ed Balls (18%) and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (14%) but falls short of David Cameron (33%), according to the poll.
The poll, however, found that 39% of people did not agree with the statement that Osborne has turned out to be a competent Chancellor compared with 29% who thought he had.
A man accused of shooting an unarmed officer during a routine neighbourhood call is being questioned by police.
The 33-year-old officer is believed to have been blasted with a shotgun as she and a male colleague called at a house in the Hyde Park area of Leeds shortly after 4am yesterday.
She received serious injuries to her head, neck and right hand and is in a stable condition in a Leeds hospital.
Following a six-hour manhunt suspect James Leslie, 37, was arrested near a primary school about a mile from the scene of the shooting.