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Budget day brings civil service strikes

Hundreds of civil servants across the region are expected to take part in a budget day strike today.

The Passport Office in Peterborough is one of the offices likely to be affected by the industrial action. A demonstration is also expected outside the tax office in Norwich.

The strike has been called by the Public and Commercial Services Union which is unhappy with plans to restructure pensions and terms of employment.


Budget preview

George Osborne has promised his third Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer will be "for working people" to help low and middle earners.

The Chancellor is expected to bring up several points, including:


As of April people won't have to start paying tax until they earn just more than £8,000 but it's thought George Osborne may increase that yet again to around £9,000.


The Chancellor has said he'll scrap child benefits for households where one parent pays the higher rate of tax but it's proved controversial.


There is a planned rise of 3p due to come in August but will the Chancellor could cancel or postpone that.


It's expected we'll all get our own annual personal tax statements spelling out exactly how much we pay and what it's spent on.

We went to Cambridge to find out what you'd like to see included in this year's Budget.


Fair Fuel Day

Campaigners will meet in London for National Fair Fuel Day Credit: SXC

Campaigners who are trying to convince the government to reduce fuel duty will be at Westminster this lunchtime as part of National Fair Fuel Day. Among them is the MP for Harlow Robert Halfon, who's calling on the Chancellor not to impose any fuel tax increase in the Budget.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the mass lobby this afternoon. Fair Fuel UK wants the politicians to meet those most affected by the high costs of petrol and diesel.

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