IN Wednesday's Jobs & Business supplement firms and organisations from across the region tell Chancellor George Osborne what he should include in his autumn statement.
The spending announcement comes at the halfway point of the Coalition's term in office as pressure is mounting on Mr Osborne to inject sustainable growth into the economy. Despite embarking on the sharpest spending cuts in living memory, government borrowing continues to rise. The region is braced for more tough measures as the Chancellor shows no signs of ending his austerity drive.

Among items on the wish lists of businesses in our region are for the Chancellor to cut air passenger duty, scrap the planned 3p hike in fuel duty, and set aside cash for small scale infrastructure projects.

As part of The Northern Echo's coverage of the autumn statement join our live blog at 12.30 on Wednesday as experts from PwC give a minute-by- minute analysis of the key announcements.
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