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Thousands of tax workers on strike across region

More than two thousand tax office workers are striking across the West Country today angry about proposed job cuts. The office in Barnstaple is one of those scheduled to close. It's the biggest in the region and thirty jobs are at risk.

Unions are staging walk-outs across the country this week. Twenty three tax offices are on the verge of closing.

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Osborne: OAPs to be 'better off'

The Chancellor claimed pensioners will be "better off" under the coalition government Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

George Osborne has told ITV's Daybreak, pensioners "will be better off" when state pensions are increased in the coming weeks following criticism from Labour and pensioners groups over his budget plans.

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