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No more cuts to police and fairer funding for schools? What you need to know about the Autumn Statement

Campaigners appear to have won a 20-year fight for more funding for West Country schools. Credit: ITV West Country

No more cuts to Devon and Cornwall Police and more money for children being taught in West Country schools: two promises made by the Chancellor today as he delivered his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons.

Currently, pupils in our region get £270 less per head than the national average. Campaigners in Devon have been fighting to change that for the past 20 years - and it looks like that battle may have been won.

Not all George Osborne's announcements were welcomed so readily.

Local authorities will now be able to put council tax up by

2%
to raise more for adult social care

Local authorities running schools could become a thing of the past - with the Chancellor suggesting that all schools become academies.

Meanwhile, South West Water customers can expect a continuing

£50
bills rebate
George Osborne said more affordable homes would be built in our region.

There are plans for more affordable homes for both rent and buy in our region, partly funded by a

3%
increase in stamp duty on purchase of second homes and buy-to-lets.

The Chancellor has also dropped plans to cut tax credits next year, though they will be replaced by Universal credit in 2020.

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