Chancellor George Osborne announces greater control for our region's cities and areas over their own economic destiny.
September's planned fuel duty rise has been scrapped.
Tax-free child care vouchers worth £1,200 per child. Also, increased support for families with children on universal credit.
A new 'Help-to-Buy' scheme will be introduced for those struggling to find mortgage deposits. It will include £3.5 billion for shared equity loans, and a Government interest-free loan worth 20% of the value of a new build house.
The new mortgage guarantee is sufficient to support £130 billion worth of loans, to help people who cannot afford a big deposit.
Steven Bruck, a partner at Blick Rothenberg Chartered Accountants, says: "He has announced that self-employed people will pay more National Insurance to fund better pension entitlement. Again, predictably, he takes with one hand and gives with the other."
The flat rate pension worth £144 a week will be be brought forward to 2016.
- More generous shareholder status
- CGT relief for sales of business to workers
- Tax help to return to help after sickness
- A doubling to £10,000 for tax free loans for commuters' season tickets
New support will be given for small firms through Government procurement budgets, growth vouchers and controls on regulators' charges.
Britian's military will receive full recommended increase in a so-called "X-Factor" payment in May, and will be exempted from changes to progression pay.
The public sector pay cap of 1% will be extended by one year in 2015/16. The Chancellor says "substantial savings" will be found in annual progression pay rises in parts of the public sector.