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Budget 2015: Beer duty cut after Keighley and Ilkley MP pressure

George Osborne has announced a cut of 1p per pint in beer duty in the 2015 budget due in part to pressure from Kris Hopkins, the MP for Keighley and Ilkley.

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"Today I am cutting beer duty for the third year in a row – taking another penny off a pint," Osborne announced.

"I am cutting cider duty by 2% - to support our producers in the West Country and elsewhere.

"And to back one of the UK’s biggest exports, the duty on Scotch whisky and other spirits will be cut by 2% as well.

"Wine duty will be frozen."


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Watch live: Osborne unveils 2015 budget

Chancellor George Osborne is delivering his sixth annual budget in the House of Commons today.

And with reports suggesting the government has seen a £6 billion windfall, he is expected to announce a number of tax cuts designed to boost the Tories' pre-election campaign.

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Regional unemployment falls by 30,000

Unemployment in Yorkshire fell by 30,000 in the quarter to January, official figures have revealed.

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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 161,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.

The region's unemployment rate was 6% and saw a drop of 15.7% during the period.

Nationwide, unemployment has dipped to a near seven-year low after a fall of more than 100,000, while a record number of people are in work.

The jobless total is 1.86 million, the lowest since the summer of 2008 and almost half a million down on a year ago. The jobless rate is now 5.7%, compared to a European Union average of 9.8%.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 31,000 to 791,200 in February - the 28th consecutive monthly reduction.

The ONS also reported that employment increased by 143,000 in the latest quarter to January to almost 30.1 million, the highest since records began in 1971.

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