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Budget Day preview: What do you need in the budget?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is likely to continue to pursue his he's likely to pursue his policy of austerity in the budget to try to cut the deficit and balance the books.

ITV Meridian spoke to people in the South ahead of the budget, about the impact more stringent measures could have on hard-pressed families and businesses across the region.

Many people are already feeling the pinch. Malcolm Shaw has been finding out what help families and business in the area need from Wednesday's budget.

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Civil servants to stage 24-hour strike on Budget day

Civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike on Budget day today, in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

It is thought up to 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will join the walkout, which will hit job centres, border control at airports, tax offices and courts.

Demonstrators against the Government's controversial public sector pension reforms in March 2012

A half day of action has also been called on April 5th, as part of a three month long campaign of action.

Picket lines will be placed outside government offices, museums, galleries and the Houses of Parliament.

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Civil servants plan second walkout in pay row

Civil servants have planned a second walkout in a row over pay, following their Budget day strike.

Almost 250,000 members who work in government departments and its related bodies will hold a half-day walkout on April 5, the Public and Commercial Services union said.

A 24-hour stoppage has been called by the union on Wednesday after accusing the Government of refusing to negotiate over cuts.

A three-month programme of industrial action is also being planned, along with a fresh campaign against tax avoidance and evasion.

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