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How to bag yourself a Black Friday bargain

Today is Black Friday - with spending predicted to top £1 billion over the course of the day. It's a trend that has made its way over to the UK from America and last year there were scenes of chaos with some shoppers literally fighting each other to grab themselves a bargain.

Julia Bartham has been finding out how to make sure you get the best bargains ..... peacefully!

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Police chiefs 'delighted' budgets won't be cut

The National Police Chiefs' Council, which represents the UK's chief police officers, says it is 'delighted' following the Chancellor's announcement ruling out any cuts in police budgets in England and Wales.

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Chancellor to outline plans to build 400,000 new homes

The measures will include building 200,000 new starter homes. Credit: PA

The Chancellor is expected to outline plans to build 400,000 new homes in England during his Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

George Osborne will pledge to "turn generation rent into generation buy" through the largest affordable housebuilding programme in more than 30 years.

The measures will include 200,000 new starter homes with a 20% discount for first-time buyers under 40 and 135,000 Help to Buy shared ownership homes.

The Government will also help create 10,000 homes that will be available to rent at around 20% below the market rent to allow tenants to save for a deposit, as well as 8,000 specialist homes for older residents and people with disabilities.

Mr Osborne is expected to say: "In the end, spending reviews like this come down to choices about what your priorities are. And I am clear: in this Spending Review, we choose housing. Above all, we choose homes that people can buy."


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Tax credit changes to be scrapped

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that planned changes to tax credits will be scrapped.

I’ve had representations that these changes to tax credits should be phased in. I’ve listened to the concerns. I hear and understand them.

And because I’ve been able to announce today an improvement in the public finances, the simplest thing to do is not to phase these changes in, but to avoid them altogether.

Tax credits are being phased out anyway as we introduce universal credit. What that means is that the tax credit taper rate and thresholds remain unchanged.

– George Osborne

Police chief: under-threat support officers are our 'eyes and ears'

West Yorkshire Police Force has had to shed 2,000 officers and staff due to budget cuts over recent years.

The temporary assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Angela Williams, fears the Chancellors spending review will mean the further loss of officers and Police Community Support Officers - who she says are invaluable in the fight against terrorism and the force's "eyes and ears" on the ground

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