The Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Businesses have revealed their Christmas wish list for George Osborne, ahead of his 'mini-budget' in the Commons.

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Autumn Statement: Regional breakdown

  • 10,000 people to be lifted out of income tax and 961,000 to pay less income tax as a result of Personal Allowance reforms.
  • Cancelling the planned rise in fuel duty in January
  • £64 million upgrade on the A1 at Lobley Hill, Gateshead.
  • £61 million to build over 3,300 new homes for affordable rent.
  • Business support measures will benefit 130,000 small and medium enterprises in the North East.
  • £17 million to return over 1500 empty homes to use in the North East and Yorkshire.
  • Government will provide a grant for councils that freeze council tax in 2013-14.

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