1. ITV Report

West Tory questions Chancellors judgement hours before his budget


One of the region's senior Conservative MPs has accused the Chancellor of indulging in 'gimmicky' policies - less than 24 hours before George Osborne reveals his budget.

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has criticised the proposed 'Help to Save' scheme on social media.

The Chancellor has already leaked his plan for a Help-to-Save scheme offering a cash bonus for people on low income who save regularly. But Tweets from the Totnes Tory MP Sarah Wollaston say the Chancellor should concentrate his own savings.

The message I am getting from constituents is that they're concerned about further cuts and so I think it's a question of balance and priorities at this particular time.

– Sarah Wollaston MP Con, Totnes

The Government says it'll help people on low incomes put money aside for the future. Elsewhere the Chancellor is facing renewed calls for a budget for business.

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The South West has the highest rate of car ownership in the country and also some of the lowest wages. So talk of the chancellor raising fuel duty is not going to go down well, particularly in rural areas.

That's amongst wish lists from our tourism businesses and hard working families.

The Chancellor's warned that our economic outlook isn't all roses, but equally he doesn't want to cause so much upset ahead of the EU referendum.