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£500 million to Plymouth's rival dockyard

The money will go to Faslane near Glasgow Credit: ITV News

Plymouth has been left out of a government plan that will see £500 million go to one of Devonport's rival dockyards - Faslane on the Clyde.

Alongside Portsmouth and Devonport, Faslane is one of three major naval hubs, and is the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent.

The money will go towards a 10-year infrastructure project which is expected to begin in 2017. The plans include building sea walls and jetties, and will create thousands of jobs.

Two submarines from Devonport will also be moved up to Faslane in 2020.


Chancellor to unveil plan's to boost countryside economies

George Osborne speaking at Appledore Shipyard in May. Credit: ITV News

The Chancellor George Osborne is visiting the South West today and is expected to unveil a new ten-point plan to “unleash the full potential” of Britain’s countryside.

He's also expected to announce more support for villages and towns wanting to build starter homes on currently so-called exception sites.

A range of other measures including better broadband and transport links will also be included.

For too long the British economy has been reliant on businesses based in our cities and towns. We want to create a One Nation economy that taps into the potential of all parts of our country. That means setting the right conditions for rural communities and businesses to thrive, investing in education and skills, improving rural infrastructure, and allowing rural villages to thrive and grow.

– Chancellor George Osborne

'Gove effect' leaves the tourism industry out of pocket

Rules brought in by Michael Gove in 2013 mean parents are fined £60 for taking their children out of school in term time Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

A tourism business owner says the so-called Gove Effect is forcing her to sell off her holiday cottage.

Sarah Kitson from Lamerton near Tavistock says tougher rules where parents are fined for taking children out of school have had a drastic impact on holiday bookings.

Holiday cottage owner Sarah Kitson isn't fully booked this summer Credit: ITV West Country

It used to be from Easter til October we'd be fully booked but now we've got huge gaps. I've just had three weeks gap in a holiday cottage in Newquay, and it's just not worth keeping the holiday cottages running anymore as a holiday let business.

– Sarah Kitson

The rules brought in by Former Education secretary Michael Gove in 2013 mean parents can be fined £60 a day for taking their children out of school to go on holiday, or even prosecuted for it.

A recent report by the Tourism Society Westcountry said it's costing the industry £87 million a year.

The Tourism Society Westcountry and Visit Cornwall now calling for holidays to be staggered like in other European countries.

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Living wage for low-paid, welfare cuts for families

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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.


Chancellor announces greater devolution for Cornwall

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Cornwall could have more power to make local decisions in the future.

The Chancellor has announced in today's budget that the government is "making progress" on a plan for greater devolution to the region.

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