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Unemployment up across Yorkshire and the Humber

Latest unemployment figures show that more people across the country are in work.

However, in Yorkshire and the Humber, the number of people out of work has risen by 3,000.

Unemployment figures up across the region
Unemployment figures up across the region Credit: Press Association

The rate of unemployment is among the highest in the country at 8.5%. There is a total of 238,000 people out of work across the region.

Read more about today's unemployment figures

The news comes as figures show that the number of people using food banks has more than doubled in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Read more about the rise in food bank users

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Two in five earning below living wage

Two in five jobs in the region pay less than the living wage according to the Trades Union Congress.

That's worse than the national average. The figures are released as today marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage.

The living wage, not to be confused with minimum wage, is £7.65 outside London and is measured by the cost of everyday items such as food, housing and healthcare.

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Changes in personal income tax allowance

Chartered accountants Blick Rothenberg produced this table to show how tax-free income thresholds will change after today's Budget.

The top row shows the amount under 65s can earn tax-free. Credit: Blick Rothenberg

Under 65s can earn their first £10,000 tax-free by the start of the 2014 tax year.

By that point, people earning over £31,865 will enter the 40% higher rate tax band.

Welcome for fuel duty freeze

The decision to cancel the fuel duty increase due in September has been welcomed by the MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey.

This news will be welcomed by many living in Thirsk, Malton and Filey. Obviously, I am disappointed that the Chancellor has not agreed to a rural fuel duty rebate for certain areas of North Yorkshire. Measures in the budget that will help hard working families include future childcare vouchers for working parents or single parents, help with mortgages for new homes, the reduction of tax on new jobs in small companies, as well as the commitment to raise personal allowances so no-one will pay income tax for the first £10,000.

These measures show that the Government is trying to help all with aspirations who are trying to do their best for their families.

– Anne McIntosh MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey

MP called for beer tax cut a year ago

South Yorkshire MP and former pubs minister John Healey has also welcomed news that the price of pint is coming down. Mr Healey asked the Chancellor to do just that on Budget Day 2012, in a bid to stop pub closures and falling beer sales.

The beer-loving MP repeated his calls earlier this month in joining a campaign calling for a freeze in beer duty organised by the British Beer & Pub Association, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers). He said today:

The beer and pub industry is worth millions to the local economy, and people rightly value their local as the hub of their community. I want this to be the first step the Government take towards recognising this and giving a lot more support to pubs.

– John Healey MP for Wentworth and Dearne
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