Today Chancellor George Osborne revealed his Autumn Statement but what does the statement mean for you?
The happy news is we're living longer - the downside is that costs taxpayers much, much more.
The numbers in the Chancellor's statement show a far weaker economic picture than the government had hoped for and some heroic assumptions.
The Wales Office has been setting out how some of the changes announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement will benefit Wales.
The Chancellor George Osborne says there'll be a net increase in budget for Welsh Govt.
Welsh Govt sources are expecting standstill: real terms cut + extra money from spending on business rates & free school meals in England
George Osborne says employment is expected to rise by 400,000 in 2013. Unemployment is forecast to fall from 7.6% this year to 7% in 2015 and 5.6% by 2018.
The Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts that private businesses will create 3.1 million more jobs by 2019, more than offsetting reductions in public sector workforce.
George Osborne has told the Commons the OBR forecast for growth in 2013 upgraded from 0.6% to 1.4%, for 2014 upgraded from 1.8% to 2.4%.
George Osborne told MPs that growth forecasts are "significantly up" in the largest improvement at any Budget or Autumn Statement for 14 years, with UK growing faster than any other major economy.
George Osborne has been interrupted by the Speaker while delivering his Autumn Statement:
Blimey -- can't remember a budget or mini-budget ever being interrupted by the Speaker before.
George Osborne has said he was seeking "a responsible recovery to allow the Government to live within its means".
He adds that the Government "held our nerve" while critics were "proved comprehensively wrong".
here we go - Autumn Statement and Osborne gets up: first words "Britain's economic plan is working but the job is not done"
"WE need a government that lives within its means in a country that pays its way in the world" Osborne saying his plan has worked
Delivering his Autumn Statement, George Osborne has told MPs: "Britain's economic plan is working but the job is not done."