Cautious welcome for "business Budget"

Business leaders have given George Osborne's Budget a cautious thumbs up, but it's still unclear how far the North East will benefit

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Budget analysis on Around The House

On tonight's political programme from Westminster, a panel of MPs - including Newcastle Labour MP Catherine McKinnell and Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales - give their reaction to the Budget.

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Helen Ford presents Around The House at 11.35pm Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The new Bishop of Durham talks to Helen Ford about his hopes for the North East, and the inspiration he has found in Africa.

Also in the programme, Tyneside MP Chi Onwurah argues that her campaign to stop gender segregation of children's toys is crucial for the economy.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 20 March) on ITV.

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Around The House: 11.50pm tonight

Helen Ford with Around the House Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Join Helen Ford and guests for our political show Around The House.

A panel including North Yorkshire's Anne McIntosh and Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman will analyse this week's Budget. They'll be joined by the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

We'll also ask how the Government's welfare reforms could affect voters in the North East and North Yorkshire.

Around The House: Disability payments to be piloted in the North East

Starting next month, the Disability Living Allowance will be phased out, to be replaced by Personal Independence Payments.

People with disabilities living in parts of the North East will be among the first to be switched to the new benefit.

The Government says it will target people who are most in need; opponents say it will penalise the vulnerable.

On tonight's Around The House, Helen Ford is joined by Newcastle MP Catherine McKinnell and Skipton & Ripon MP Julian Smith to discuss welfare reform.

Derek Proud reports on the changes to disability payments:

You can see the full debate - and reaction to the Budget - on Around The House with Helen Ford tonight at 11.50pm on ITV

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Budget reaction on tonight's Around The House

So, was this week's Budget downbeat or aspirational? Helen Ford is joined by MPs Helen Goodman, Anne McIntosh and Tim Farron to examine the state of the nation's finances, and the likely effect of the Chancellor's measures on us all.

You can see the full debate on the Budget - as well as analysis of welfare reforms that are about to be piloted in the North East - on Around The House with Helen Ford, tonight at 11.50pm on ITV.

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