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How will the Autumn Statement affect the North West?

The Treasury has produced a map which shows how some of the measures in the Autumn Statement will affect each area of the country, here is the breakdown for the North West:

  • 27,000 people to be lifted out of income tax and 2.6 million to pay less income tax as a result of Personal allowance reforms.
  • Cancelling the planned rise in fuel duty in January wil reduce running costs for the 3.6 million motor vehicles in the North West, saving a typical motorist £40 a year.
  • £181m to build more than 9,400 new homes for affordable rent.
  • £49m to return over 3,000 empty homes to use.
  • £34m investment in partnership between University of Liverpool and Unilever.
  • £38m to develop the Manchester Cancer Research Centre
  • Salford to be in the 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 431,000 small and medium enterprises in the North West.

See the map in full here.

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George Osborne 'not aware of any row with ticket officer'

The Treasury has told ITV News the Chancellor had a diary change and he and his aide got a different train. They say that their existing seat reservations did not apply.

The train was crowded so they decided to upgrade from standard class to first class and they always intended to pay the difference.

It says the Chancellor is not aware of any row with a ticket officer.

Bob Crow: "This says it all about this rotten Government"

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union, said: "This says it all about this rotten Government.

"Here we have a millionaire Chancellor who thinks he's above the normal rules and laws.

George Osborne attempting to bunk first class is this ConDem administration in a nutshell."

It follows the Chancellor George Osborne's dispute with a ticket collector after he sat in first class with a standard class ticket.

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