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Housebuilding and small businesses to benefit in Autumn statement

George Osborne will appeal today for voters to let him finish the job of overhauling the economy, despite rising borrowing and the prospect of more painful spending cuts.

Autumn Statement announced today Credit: PA

Among the measures expected to be announced in the Autumn Statement are:

  • Funding and guarantees to unlock around #1 billion in investment for small and medium sized businesses, and an extension of the Funding for Lending scheme specifically focusing on smaller firms
  • A review of business rates to remove 'roadblocks' to growth
  • Plans for the Government to directly commission housebuilding on public land for the first time in more than 40 years


Moorside plans move a step closer

Plans for another nuclear power station in West Cumbria have moved a step closer.

The government's national infrastructure plan has included an agreement to assist with the financing of a new nuclear power plant at Moorside.

A cooperation agreement with Toshiba, GDF Suez and NuGen should enable the site to be generating power by 2024.

Sellafield site in West Cumbria Credit: ITV Border News


Dumfries Employment Centre opens

This sign on the wall declares the centre's mission Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway council has opened a new centre for employment in Dumfries, in a bid to bring down higher-than-average youth unemployment in the area.

The "Total access point", or TAP centre, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people.

It's hoped this one-stop-shop will mean people can access a wide range of services, from all sectors of the employment industry and the industry can see the talent available to fill their vacancies.

Young farmers from around the country gather in Cumbria

A hundred and fifty young farmers from across the country have been gathering near Penrith to look at ways of making it easier to break into the industry.

The 'Fertile Minds' event, organised by Farmers Weekly and Tesco, was open to people aged 18 to 25. They discussed the difficulties and costs of entering farming but said it was a very rewarding career to pursue.

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