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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His Royal Highness rounded off his visit to the region by giving a speech at Virgin Money headquarters in Newcastle.
Sunshine and showers tomorrow - but it is the calm before the storm.
Prince Harry joined Steve Cram and Jonathan Edwards in training those taking part in the London Marathon for charity Heads Together.