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3:00pm

So how many people do still play bingo?

Is it all online now? Genuinely interested to know how popular it actually is.

Click here for a Budget round-up story - but don't miss all the reaction from Worcester in tomorrow's Worcester News.

Tom Edwards is working hard on it right now.

2:05pm

Meanwhile, while the Budget was going on, news came through of a massive wind farm of the coast of Scotland getting the go ahead.

Could this pave the way for more around the UK coastline?

Click here to read the full story

1:49pm

So there it is, the Budget is finished. Which bits, if any, stood out for you?

* A halving of duty on bingo

* Income tax allowance rising to £10,500

* Freezing of fuel duty

* Duty on beer falling by 1p

Let us know...

1:28pm

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1:20pm

Meanwhile, for cider drinkers, duty is frozen, along with whiskey.

1:19pm

1:17pm

Tobacco duty to rise 2% above inflation. Bad news for smokers.

1:16pm

Duties: Fuel duty rise planned for September not happening.

And rather fittingly in a 'full house', the Chancellor gives a boost to bingo! Duty halved to 10%.

 

Worcester News: Chrys Dollin (left) and Pauline Stevens were bingo callers for the morning during the fun day at Walter Preston Court arranged by staff at NKS Contractors

1:12pm

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1:06pm

Extra £140m to repair damaged flood defences across the country.

Plus, an extra £200m for local authorities to bid for to repair roads.

1:04pm

1:03pm

A grant will be handed to the Magna Carta Trust ahead of its 800th anniversary, next year.

1:00pm

12:56pm

You can follow these updates in full-screen glory, rather than this small panel, by clicking here

12:54pm

12:50pm

Who are the MPs left sitting awkwardly on the steps of the chamber? Late arrivals?

Worcester News:

12:48pm

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12:35pm

12:34pm

George Osborne opens his budget by saying the economy is recovering 'faster than forecast' but there is still much to be done, starting today.

If you are a 'do-er or a saver, this budget is for you'.

12:04pm

Want to watch the new £1 coin spinning round and round?

11:44am

What are you hoping to see this afternoon in George Osborne's Budget speech?

You can let us know using #WNbudget on Twitter, or email us at news@worcesternews.co.uk.

11:32am

Our political reporter, Tom Edwards (@tomedwardsWN), is going to be tweeting about the budget later, so we'll keep you informed here.

11:20am

11:12am

11:09am

George Osborne is starting his Budget speech at around 12.30pm. But we already have a live blog running here to give you the latest as it happens.

Click here for the live blog

Worcester News:

 

11:06am

Today is set to be the warmest day of the week.

Click here for a full forecast, including the weekend outlook

11:02am

In perhaps the most sensational news of the day - R2-D2 is to return for the new Star Wars films.

Click here to read more

9:54am

On a different note - is everyone excited about the French market coming to Worcester tomorrow?

Should be some tasty treats on offer.

Read more about it here

Worcester News: SUTT: French market comes to Worcester Park

8:50am

The Royal Mint has unveiled the new-look £1 coin which is set to come into circulation.

It is said to be the safest coin in the world against counterfeitting, but what do we think of the look, a homage to the threepence piece?

Click here to read more about it

Worcester News: The new one pound coin announced by the Government will be the most secure coin in circulation in the world (HM Treasury/PA)

8:26am

8:24am

Good morning,

Today will see Chancellor George Osborne deliver his penultimate budget speech before thenext general election.

Experts are forecasting a speech littered with initiatives aimed at helping 'ordinary working people'.

Click here to read more on what to expect

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