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See our live coverage and reaction of the 2017 budget

PUBLISHED: 12:15 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:22 08 March 2017

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, prepares his speech in his office at the Treasury ahead of his 2017 budget annoucement. Picture: Carl Court - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, prepares his speech in his office at the Treasury ahead of his 2017 budget annoucement. Picture: Carl Court - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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As Philip Hammond delivered his budget today, tax manager Yvonne Graham of Suffolk accountants Ensors was here offering her views on the changes.

She was joined by political reporter Paul Geater and business editor Duncan Brodie as they provided their reaction to the announcements.

It was Mr Hammond’s first full budget - he was made Chancellor of the Exchequer in July last year - and as predicted there were very few dramatic changes.

The highlights include funding to put GPs in accident and emergency departments ahead of next winter, helping to triage patients and ensure they get the right treatment. faster.

There was funding to improve broadband and £2bn for social care over the next three years.

See our website for more coverage and reaction throughout the afternoon including responses from local business on business rate relief changes and Suffolk’s MPs.

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A Suffolk pre-school has celebrated after receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating following its first Ofsted inspection.

Record crowds turned out to welcome Santa Claus to a Suffolk garden centre as bosses kicked off their festive season.

The Ipswich Society is interested in almost anything that affects the well-being of our town. We are not a single-issue organisation but pride ourselves on being multi-faceted and versatile.

A 26-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Ipswich sparking a police appeal has been found.

Suffolk brewers Adnams have stirred up storm in a beer glass by extolling the virtues of “Mighty Norwich City” while not having a shop in Ipswich, their own county town!

Suffolk gardening expert, writer and broadcaster Ric Staines has died – prompting tributes from people who knew and worked with him.

Bramford Road in Ipswich is set to remain closed during Monday morning’s rush-hour while safety engineers continue their inspection of building work at a former pub.

Some people may still think of model trains as “toys” but hundreds of people who visited Kesgrave High School on Saturday went to admire the skills of those who put so much time and effort into an exacting hobby.

Pupils and staff at a Suffolk primary school are hoping to win a pot of cash set aside for community projects to revamp broken play equipment.

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