Budget in the West Country

Chancellor George Osborne will be setting out his budget for the next financial year today. We will be examining its impact on people in the West Country, and feeding live updates once the announcement begins at 12:15pm today (Wednesday 20 March).

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Bristol MP wins beer duty fight to protect pubs

Beer duty is to be cut by 1p per pint from Sunday night, and increases are to be stopped altogether. It is the only alcohol to be exempted from duty increases, and the Chancellor says the exemption will help protect pubs.

He acknowledges it is partly in response to pressure from the Conservative Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie.

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