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Live Worcestershire News: Wednesday, March 18
Updated 5:29pm Wednesday 19th March 2014 in News
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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.
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?
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...
#Budget2014 Osborne: What I am proposing is the most far-reaching reform to the taxation of pensions since the regime was introduced in 1921— @accountancylive 19 March 2014
It means another 3 million of the lowest paid will pay NO income tax #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Personal tax allowance going up to £10,500, giving the typical worker an extra £800 a year in their pocket #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Meanwhile, for cider drinkers, duty is frozen, along with whiskey.
Beer duty CUT by 1 pence for the second year running - good news for pubs, hiccup #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Tobacco duty to rise 2% above inflation. Bad news for smokers.
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%.
Under 21s have been taken out of the jobs tax altogether #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Osborne says he wants to build 200,000 homes for new families: "We are getting Britain building." #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Extra £140m to repair damaged flood defences across the country.
Plus, an extra £200m for local authorities to bid for to repair roads.
Wyre Forest MP @Mark4WyreForest is in the row directly behind Osborne, too his left today - shouldn't that be right? #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
A grant will be handed to the Magna Carta Trust ahead of its 800th anniversary, next year.
@PogalJoners I think it's always a bit of a squeeze when everyone's in, which doesn't happen often.— @FCDWhittaker 19 March 2014
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Osborne has just announced a permanent cap on welfare benefits - ONLY a vote of parliament would see it rise above inflation #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Who are the MPs left sitting awkwardly on the steps of the chamber? Late arrivals?
So Britain will be in the black, with it's structural deficit eliminated, by 2018/19. So much for doing it by the election. #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Osborne says Britain's deficit will fall to 5.5 per cent in 2015, and drop steadily to be eliminated by 2018/19 #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Osborne says Britain's growth outstrips Germany, Japan, United States and any other advanced economy #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Growth forecast has been upped to 2.7 per cent for 2014, then 2.3 per cent in 2015 #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
Osborne says "support for savers" is at the heart of his budget #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
George Osborne is now on his feet - we are underway! #wnbudget— @tomedwardsWN 19 March 2014
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'.
Want to watch the new £1 coin spinning round and round?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our political reporter, Tom Edwards (@tomedwardsWN), is going to be tweeting about the budget later, so we'll keep you informed here.
The Red Box moment #budget2014 https://t.co/ziMA5BQiAe— @BBCNormanS 19 March 2014
RT @PeacheyK: Did you know: Chancellors can drink during Budget. Howe: G&T. Clarke: Whisky. Osborne: Water - a sober speech for austerity. …— @erinsthought 19 March 2014
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.
Today is set to be the warmest day of the week.
In perhaps the most sensational news of the day - R2-D2 is to return for the new Star Wars films.
On a different note - is everyone excited about the French market coming to Worcester tomorrow?
Should be some tasty treats on offer.
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?
Today it's off to The Hive at Worcester for a spot of research, tomorrow it will be Gloucestershire...life of a gadabout #genealogist!— @LynneCleaver 19 March 2014
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'.
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