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Council leader to "send Chancellor a map"

Newcastle council leader Nick Forbes says he is going to send George Osborne a map so that he realises that a "northern powerhouse" would stretch as far as the North East.

Cllr Forbes says he will mark Newcastle on the map so that the Chancellor doesn't ignore his city when there's talk of a northern powerhouse, which includes Manchester and Leeds.

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Professor welcomes £20m funding for research

John Burn , the professor of Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University, has welcomed news in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement that there will be £20m of new funding into research in Newcastle.

The money will go towards investigating the effects of an ageing population on the NHS.

Click below for Professor Burn's comments.

Autumn Statement: What it means for local businesses

As part of his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has frozen business rate relief for small businesses.

And that business rate news will be welcome on our High Streets.

Gregg Easteal has been to visit two stores with contrasting takes on whether tills are really starting to ring louder again on our shopping streets.

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Private companies welcome Chancellor's statement

The Chancellor, George Osborne, said he wanted to support people who are working and businesses to take more people on.

While he continues to squeeze the public sector, his Autumn Statement sounded more like a Christmas list for private companies.

He announced a number of tax cuts and schemes, which he hopes will create jobs.

Our Business Correspondent, Ben Chapman, watched the speech with members of the ITV Business Club and got their reaction.

Watch the full report here:

Fears 'most vulnerable' will be hardest hit after Government's plans on benefits

The Chancellor's plans to increase benefits by only one per cent over the next three years means they will be outstripped by inflation, which is forecast to be 2.7 per cent.

George Osborne's announcement has led to fears that the most vulnerable people will be hardest hit.

Watch Rachel Bullock's report from Teesside, which already struggles with high levels of deprivation and unemployment:

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