The new 12-sided £1 coin has gone into production - a year before it is to be released.
More than 4,000 coins are coming off the production line a minute, and they will enter circulation in March 2017 according to the Chancellor.
When the new coin is introduced, there will be a six-month crossover period when the current round pound coins and the new pound coins are both in circulation.
The current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in more than 30 years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters.
Councillors in West Berkshire will today vote on more proposed cuts having already approved £10m of savings for next year because its receiving less money from central Government.
Residents have demonstrated against the cuts. Funding for theatres and buses is threatened, and libraries face closure.
Schoolchildren have been protesting to save Theale library.
A local author best selling author who went to school in Theale Green, has joined their campaign.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced the biggest overhaul in education in more than a century. Secondary schools will finish an hour later and every school will become an academy
It means in Hampshire - excluding Southampton and Portsmouth - that 439 schools will need to change - 47 are already academies.
Across Wiltshire, there are more than a 70 academies but 164 will still need to adapt.
And in West Sussex, there are already 52, so 177 of their state schools will need to switch by 2020.
Social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.
A new sugar levy on the soft drinks industry will be introduced, the Chancellor said.
It will be introduced in two years time to ensure companies reduce the sugar content of drinks and promote low sugar brands.
He said it was a "perfectly reasonable step" to protect children's health.
"Money from this new [sugar] levy will be used to double the funding we dedicate to sport in every primary school," Mr Osborne said.
The Chancellor has announced there will be a new sugar tax.
It'll be levied on soft drinks in the next two years - so by 2018.
Fuel duty will be frozen for the sixth year in a row, Mr Osborne said.
He said it would result in a saving of £75 a year for the average driver.
Beer, cider, whisky and other spirits duty will also be frozen but others will rise by inflation.
Flood defences will be boosted with £700 million of funding, the Chancellor said.
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Mr Osborne confirmed he has failed to meet the rule of debt falling as a proportion of GDP this year.
He said the deficit would by 1.9% in 2017/18 and 1% in 2018/19.
The Chancellor said there would be a £10.4 billion surplus by 2019/20 and £11bn the year after.