The latest jobless figures show that the number of people out of work in the region has gone up by 1,000 in the three months to May. More than 127,000 are now out of work and claiming benefits, representing 4.6 per cent of the workforce.
Hundreds have been staging a protest in Bristol against today's budget. The Chancellor announced welfare cuts as well as a living wage.Read the full story ›
Low-paid workers in the region could be getting a pay rise, as a compulsory living wage was announced in today's budget.
Chancellor George Osborne announced a new National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour for all over 25s next April. This will then increase to £9 an hour by 2020.
However he also fleshed out huge cuts to the welfare budget. Some people will see benefits frozen and tax credits cut.
These measures include a reduction in the benefit cap for households, an end to housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds, a two-child limit for child tax credits and a freeze in working age benefits for four years.
For more on what this means for you and your family, tune in to ITV News West Country from 6pm tonight.
Hundreds of people are expected to protest today's budget in a "mass die-in" in Bristol this evening.
The protest, organised by the Bristol People's Assembly, aims to highlight what the organisers call "the many deaths and huge damage to millions of lives which continues to be caused by austerity and the cuts".
Today's budget included a reduction in the benefit cap for households, an end to housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds, a two-child limit for child tax credits and a freeze in working age benefits for four years.
The Chancellor also announced a new National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour, which will increase to £9 an hour by 2020.
Protestors are planning to move around Bristol, beginning at fountains near the city's Harbourside at 5pm, and ending at College Green.
More than 800 people have signed up to attend so far.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a "massive £7.2 billion investment" in transport in our region.
Shops could be open longer at the weekends in future. The Chancellor has announced that local authorities will have the power to relax Sunday trading laws.
Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks says:
Lots of prepping the ground here for the welfare cuts - "Britain has left age of irresponsibility behind" etc
The NHS will receive an extra £10 billion a year by 2020, George Osborne said.
ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger tweeted:
Osborne says "our priority is the NHS" and reiterates Tory election pledge of an extra £8 billion a year for the NHS by 2020
Rises in public sector pay will be restricted to 1% per year for the next four years, George Osborne has said.
The chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce £12 billion in welfare savings in his summer budget this lunchtime.
In the first all-Conservative Budget since 1996, Mr Osborne is expected to make cuts in benefits for social housing and tax credits, whilst raising tax allowances.