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Chancellor pays tribute to VC hero

Chancellor George Osborne paid tribute to the heroism and courage of Lance Corporal James Ashworth.

The Corby soldier was awarded a posthumous VC for his courage after he was killed on patrol with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand Province last June.

He was protecting his comrades when he died.

The Chancellor mentioned the 23-year-old when announcing that the Military would receive the full recommended increase in "X-Factor" payment in May and to be exempted from changes to progression pay.

Full budget coverage can be seen here.

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.

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