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Autumn Statement

The Chancellor, George Osborne, is expected to deliver his autumn statement this lunchtime. Ahead of the announcement speculation is rife that he plans to cut welfare spending and also pospone the 3p rise in fuel duty until the next budget.

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Chancellor 'must hold his nerve'

Ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement this afternoon the Institute of Directors in Wales has issued an overriding message that he must stick to his fiscal targets, whilst ensuring the transport and energy infrastructure and tax system provide a firm basis for economic recovery.

George Osborne is in a difficult position. The global economy has been much rockier over the last two years than most expected; growth has been weaker and public borrowing higher than we hoped.

Some would like The Chancellor to abandon his targets and embrace bigger deficits, but he must hold his nerve. It's only through controlling public debt that Britain will retain the confidence of the markets and create strong foundations for recovery.

– Robert Lloyd Griffiths, director of the IoD in Wales

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