The Chancellor has asked public sector workers to bear more pain for another year to help businesses and home-buyers get the economy going.
Thousands of civil service workers went on strike across the region as George Osborne announced a pay cap and more spending cuts in most departments.
However, he said the money would be used to create an 'aspiration nation'.
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