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It may have been an Autumn budget but there was a chill running through Westminster today as George Osborne put the squeeze on benefits, admitting the tough times are still not over for Austerity Britain.
There was good news for transport schemes in North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, but the road ahead is bound to be far from smooth. Ben Erlam reports.
A Leeds MP has welcomed a u-turn by the Government, which will see part of the A1 in North Yorkshire upgraded, but criticised the time taken to make the decision.
The last Labour government announced the planned upgrade for the North Yorkshire section of the A1 near Leeming in 2008, and George Osborne cancelled it in 2010. If he hadn't meddled with it the new improved road would have been due to open in 2014. So all he's done is waste more than two years - another piece of damaging incompetence from this hapless chancellor.
The last Labour government announced the planned upgrade for the North
Yorkshire section of the A1 near Leeming in 2008, and George Osborne
cancelled it in 2010. If he hadn't meddled with it the new improved road
would have been due to open in 2014. So all he's done is waste more than
two years - another piece of damaging incompetence from this hapless
The Chancellor has announced plans to improve the A1 in North Yorkshire in an effort to reduce journey times by 20%.
A stretch between Leeming and Barton is set to be upgraded from a dual carriageway to a three lane road.
The Treasury claims the £314 scheme could create up to 750 new jobs during the three year construction period and is expected to be complete by 2016/17.
The Chancellor has announced that national pay arrangements in the NHS and the prison service will conitnue.
But delivering his his Autumn statement in the House of Commons this afternoon, George Osborne also said that there would be "greater freedom" for schools to set pay in line with performance.
The Chancellor has delivered his Autumn Statement in the Commons.
George Osborne claims measures announced for the Yorkshire and the Humber region include:
- 22,000 people to be lifted out of income tax and 1.9 to pay less income tax as a result of Personal Allowance reforms.
- Cancelling the planned rise in fuel duty in January will reduce running costs for the 2.7 million motor vehicles in Yorkshire and the Humber, saving a typical motorist £40 a year.
- £104 million to build over 5,000 new homes for affordable rent.
- £18 million to return over 1500 empty homes to use in Yorkshire and the North East.
- £314 million upgrade on the A1 between Leeming and Barton.
- A160/180 at Immingham piloted as an accelerated road scheme.
- York to be in second wave of super-connected cities.
- Government will provide a grant for councils that freeze council tax in 2013-14.
- Business support measures will benefit 345,000 small and medium enterprises in Yorkshire and the Humber
A North Yorkshire MP has vowed to fight "with renewed vigour" for a fuel duty rebate for isolated parts of the county.
Anne McIntosh, who represents Thirsk and Malton, claims she has "a strong case" to make to both the Chancellor and the EU Commission for a rebate for areas of Ryedale and Hambleton - areas that have been hit by the highest fuel prices in the country.
The Conservative MP said: "The fact that it now costs over £70 to refuel a vehicle, with the need for 4x4 vehicles in the extreme conditions of North Yorkshire, emphasises how disadvantaged the private motorist is in rural constituencies like Thirsk, Malton and Filey."
A scheme running in Scotland and sees motorists in some of the most remote areas eligible to reclaim up to five pence per litre on petrol and diesel.
A North Lincolnshire MP has called on the Government to "follow the lead of their Australian counterparts" and force companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging.
Cigarettes in Australia must now be sold in dark olive brown packets which are mostly covered in health warnings.
Australia is leading the way in stopping people from becoming addicted to a lethal and harmful product. If we care about the health of people in our community then we should introduce plain, standardised packs in the UK and help stop the next generation of smokers being recruited.
The House of Commons will debate emergency legislation to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in their investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster today.
The Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill will grant two new powers to the IPCC: firstly, to require that any serving officer who is called to an interview is obliged to attend; and secondly, that in exceptional circumstances the IPCC may investigate a matter that has already been investigated.
As legislation currently stands, any officer who is not under investigation by the IPCC may refuse to attend an interview as a witness in any given investigation.