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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

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George Osborne visits Appledore shipyard

George Osborne told workers the North Devon Link Road will be upgraded Credit: ITV News

Speaking at Appledore Shipyard the Chancellor of the Exchequer says the South West has been for too long neglected and he's here to say that's now going to stop. The region has backed the Conservatives and it's time for the payback.

George Osborne told workers at Babcock's North Devon base that their work on the new Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers has been key for Britain.

Mr Osborne says there will be improvements to the local road network including upgrading the North Devon Link Road.

The Chancellor will travel from here to Cornwall where he will announce that the Conservative's will honour their pledge to get a stadium for Cornwall built.

George Osborne returns to the West Country for the first time since the election

Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Chancellor is returning to Devon and Cornwall for the first time since the General Election.

George Osborne visited in the run-up to the Tories' landslide victory, which came on the back of sweeping support from the South West. Today he's promising that it will no longer be ignored by central Government.

George Osborne to announce budget at 12:15pm

Chancellor George Osborne will set out his budget for the next financial year today. His speech begins at 12:15pm in the House of Commons.

We will be feeding live updates on this page, which will focus on how the budget affects the West Country specifically.

The national ITV News site will be feeding live updates on how the budget will affect people generally. Click here to look at them.

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