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Think Tank: Families will be hit when universal credit introduced

The Treasury's decision to scrap cuts to tax credits means that families will be affected when the planned changeover to universal credits happens, a think tank has warned.

Cross-party think tank Demos "welcomed" the announcement to scrap the unpopular cuts to tax credits but said large portions of the promised savings to the welfare budget now depend on future universal credit figures.

In a statement, Demos said:

The Chancellor’s welcome decision to shelve plans to cut tax credits will protect working families now, at the expense of the Treasury; but over time, the plan is to move from tax credits (and other benefits) to Universal Credit – entitlements we know, from the Summer Budget, will be subject to cuts.

So it is when families make the transition from one system to another that the real savings will be made.

– Demos
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Police chiefs 'delighted' budgets won't be cut

The National Police Chiefs' Council, which represents the UK's chief police officers, says it is 'delighted' following the Chancellor's announcement ruling out any cuts in police budgets in England and Wales.


River searches resume for missing Rory Johnson

Searches of the River Ouse in York will continue today as part of the enquiry to find missing Skipton man Rory Johnson. The search was were postponed yesterday due to adverse weather conditions.

Rory's family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist police officers.

The investigation is continuing today with officers following up enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage.

Police are appealing for anyone who recalls seeing Rory or someone matching his description in York on Thursday evening or Friday to contact them.

North East wakes up to stunning sunrise

It's been a beautiful morning across the region. Our Good Morning Britain presenter Rachel Sweeney captured this sunrise this morning. We'd like to see your snaps. Can you beat this Gateshead photograph? Tweet @ITVTyneTees or email


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