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Fuel duty frozen for seventh year in row

Fuel duty has been held at 57.95p per litre since the March 2011 Budget Credit: PA

Speaking in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond cancelled next year's planned rise in fuel duty.

It's the seventh successive year that the tax has been frozen.

In the South West, where many people rely on their car to get around and run their business along a network of long roads, this should be good news.

Mr Hammond said: "This will save the average car driver £130 a year and the average van driver £350 a year.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls refuses to rule out income tax changes

Labour's Ed Balls has refused to rule out changing income tax threshold rates if he becomes Chancellor.

In an interview with ITV News, presenter Ian Axton asked him if he had any plans to change the thresholds.


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.

Bristol man one of Britain's most wanted tax fraudsters

Bristol businessman Nasser Ahmed has been named as one of "Britain's most wanted" tax fugitives.

He has been on the run since fleeing from Bristol Crown Court eight years ago owing £156 million.

He was jailed for six years in his absence. Today his face was published on a website with 30 other suspects being sought by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Bob Constantine reports.

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