Autumn Statement: Border region announcements

A minimum wage increase, affordable housing and a crackdown on letting fees will feature in Philip Hammond's first Autumn Statement as Chancellor.

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Autumn Statement shows 'abject failure of last six years'

Responding to the Autumn Statement, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said it placed on record the "abject failure of the last six wasted years" with growth and deficit targets slashed.

He said it offers "no hope for the future."

A66 to become dual carriageway

The A66 crosses the Pennines down to Scotch Corner Credit: PA

As part of a Department for Transport study on five strategic roads, the government has announced a large part of the A66 will become a dual carriageway.

The road in part follows the course of the Roman road from Scotch Corner to Penrith, which has stretches of single carriageway, and is considered one of the most dangerous highways in the country.

£1billion announced for rural broadband improvement

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Broadband speed and reliability remain a problem in many areas of the region but there are hopes the £1billion for faster broadband announced in the chancellor's autumn statement may make a difference.

However, there are hundreds of rural businesses that rely more and more on the internet to grow and maintain their operation, and who don't believe that today's announcement will help them:

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