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Chancellor delivers first Autumn Statement

Philip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor - and laid bare the economic gloom facing the nation.

Forecasts revealed sweeping downgrades to UK growth and a sharp rise in Government borrowing, abandoning his predecessor's plan to balance the books by 2020.

Key measures included:

  • Fuel duty freeze, a 30p rise in minimum wage and measures to ease cuts to Universal Credit
  • Income free tax allowance to rise to £12,500 by 2020 with higher tax rate threshold raised to £50,000
  • £23bn investment on innovation and infrastructure over five years
  • £3.7bn total housing spend to build 100,000 new high-demand homes and 40,000 more affordable homes, plus ban on upfront fees charged by letting agents
  • Hammond also abolished the Autumn Statement, saying the main Budget statement will now move from the spring to the autumn

But the impact of Brexit on future public finances has led the Office for Budget Responsibility to forecast a £220bn increase in the national debt by 2020.

This is worse than feared, according to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston.

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How are 'just about managing' affected by economy?

Some of the plans outlined in the Autumn Statement were meant to reflect the Prime Minister's commitment to help the "just about managing" - JAMs - group as she described them.

At a focus group in Watford, people share their concerns about the state of the economy since the EU referendum.

Housing and the NHS were two main priorities for the JAMs, but only one was mentioned in the Autumn Statement.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor, Chris Ship reports.

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