06/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


06/03/2017

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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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A financial giant is set to be created by the merger of

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Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management have confirmed

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plans to join forces, creating a firm worth ?11 billion

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and continuing to be based in Scotland.

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However, there are fears of substantial job losses.

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Here's our Business Correspondent, David Henderson.

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They are two of Scotland's biggest companies - high-profile

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And low-profile managers of their customers' money,

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in the industryboth known as "active investors",

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This merger shows they are trying to win investors back.

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Investors have moved away from active investing to passive

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investing, because maybe they have not seen the performance

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that justifies the fees, and going to find cheaper alternatatives.

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After this deal is done, the amount of money being managed

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by this new investment company will be absolutely colossal -

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By way of comparison, that is about 20 times the annual

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budget for the entire Scottish Government.

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These two Scottish firms are big employers, Standard Life has 5,000

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Aberdeen's Scottish workforce is 800 strong,

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but this deal spells trouble for some workers,

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with the prospect of job losses where the two firms overlap.

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It will probably result in some job losses.

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Maybe between the companies it could be as many as 1,000,

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but that won't all be in Scotland because there's a substantial

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The fund managers in particular is where we will see some

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of the effects, and we hope there will be a bigger organisation

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This merger creates a phone which aims to compete with huge

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And with money management now big business, it sends a signal that two

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Scottish firms have ambitions to become a global giant.

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There have been repeated warnings about the "recruitment crisis"

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It's an acute problem in rural and remote areas.

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In the Highlands, the shortage of GPs has led to the health board

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developing a new approach to out-of-hours care,

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with highly skilled nurses covering 85,000 patients across a vast area.

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Our Health Correspondent, Lisa Summers, spent a night shift

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The night shift is underway, and highly-skilled nurse

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practitioner Louise and driver Steve and trainee Kerry are on the road.

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They visit a lady who has had a fall, and Louise decides

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I have referred her to the medical unit.

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They're happy to take her, but they have no beds.

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So they're on medical divert to A, which is quite common.

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Oh! How long is a piece of string?

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The unscheduled care team cover a big area of the Highlands, from the

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Black Isle through to Fort William. You have no chest pain?

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No pain. Nurse practitioners are trained

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to do many things that GPs do. The service was set up

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because of a shortage I don't know how I

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would do without them. The team is based at Raigmore's A,

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and they are supported by a GP and psychiactric

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nurse until midnight. After that, the back-up

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is the on-duty doctor at A We're getting to use it

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and it is no surprise - the reason we have become nurse

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practitioners is because This job gives us

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a challenge every day. It's 12:30, Louise now sees patients

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who have called NHS 24. It's 3:15 in the morning,

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and this is Louise's fifth A 91-year-old lady has been taken

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ill. She's comfortable and

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she wants to sleep. We have suggested that we give her

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some paracetamol. When we were in we had another ping

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on our computer, so no rest yet. The nurse-led service evolved

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because of recruitment shortfalls, but it works well for the community

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and the people who work in it. We see people at the most vulnerable

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times of their life, and we know when they're in pain

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and they are distressed, and I think we are very privileged

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in being able to do something. 7:00am and the shift is over -

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another busy and unpredictable night Police investigating

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the disappearance of RAF serviceman Corrie McKaig have begun a

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full scale search of a landfill The 23-year-old, from Fife, vanished

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during a night out with friends Police say that preparations

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for the search of the landfill have involved building access

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routes and moving 8,000 The search is likely to take

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between six and ten weeks. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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says the quick actions of its officers prevented a huge

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blaze in Glasgow spreading. The fire at a scrap yard

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in Govan threatened homes and businesses and led

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to a widespread power blackout. Fire raging out of control on Sunday

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afternoon on Glasgow's south side. It took hold in a scrap

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yard on an industrial estate Fuelled by tigers, a quickly began

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to spiral out of control. The huge smoke plume created

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by the blaze could be seen right Hundreds of people posted pictures

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on their social media accounts. It was even visible

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from the Isle of Arran. The incident also drew

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a crowd at ground level. More than 50 firefighters and 12

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appliances were sent to the scene, and at one point water was pumped

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from the River Clyde The Fire Service prevented

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the flames reaching a nearby But, as a precaution,

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power to 3,000 homes was Residents were also warned to keep

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doors and windows shut After those dramatic pictures

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yesterday, the scene here in Helen Street

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is very different today. The fire is now out,

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but the Fire Service are maintaining a presence here,

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as are Police Scotland, and many people who work in this

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area on this industrial estate simply have not been able to get

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to their jobs this morning. I have been told by the police that

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I must wait for my boss. I do not even know

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if she is in herself, I went the long way around

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and it was also closed. It took more than

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17 hours to extinguish, And despite some firefighters being

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still at the scene dampening down hotspots, now the work begins to

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find out what caused this huge blaze.

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This striking picture has been received of the fire.

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It came from Daniel Lennon, who captured the plume

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from the summit of Stooch ah Cron - more than 30 miles

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Police are hunting a gang of about ten people who dragged

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a taxi driver from his vehicle in what's said to have been

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a racially-motivated assault and robbery in Edinburgh.

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The attack happened in West Pilton Place just before

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One of the gang jumped onto the bonnet and smashed the windscreen.

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A three-figure sum of cash was stolen from the taxi.

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A man has admitted fraud offences that enabled others

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to watch pay TV channels without an official viewing card.

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It's the first conviction of its kind in Scotland.

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Gavin Gray, from Bellshill, advertised his business on websites

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and forums dedicated to the illegal practice known as "card sharing".

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The 25-year-old was given 300 hours of community service and a 12-month

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restriction of liberty order at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

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Scotland's latest sporting star is back home tonight

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after winning two gold medals at the European Indoor

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Laura Muir won the 1,500 and 3,000 metres titles

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It was the homecoming she could only have dreamt about.

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Laura Muir, double European medallist, back in her

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Her status has grown after British and Championship records

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Pretty much every hour is scheduled over the weekend.

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Eating at this time, having a massage at that time,

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making sure I got myself in the best possible condition for every round.

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This time a couple of days ago I didn't have any medals.

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First stop in her double attempt was the 1,500 metres,

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and she was the dominant athlete, charging to the front

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COMMENTATOR: Winning the gold medal for Great Britain!

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Her gold medal achieved with a British record.

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She was not in Belgrade to be pushed around,

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and the same applied when an overzealous official tried

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The first part of the double completed, day later she lined up

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alongside fellow Scots for the 3,000 metres.

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Muir quickly showed there was no tired legs.

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She has two gold medals, she is the champion again.

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The now familiar feeling of standing at the top of the podium,

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and Muir now considers the challenges ahead,

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she will be the one to watch at London's World Athletics

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But more immediately be committed vet student has another focus.

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I'm a vet student and I am starting a placement tomorrow, so I have got

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A high achiever in two areas of life, the next few months,

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a juggling act with two fastly different prizes within her grasp.

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From an athletics point of view, the World Championships in August

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Thank you, and a very good evening to you. The weather turned out

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rather nice for many of us. Here's a picture sent in by one our Weather

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Watchers. The week ahead is looking rather changeable. As far as to

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light is concerned, we have a wee bit of showery activity. High

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pressure will dampen down but bit of showery activity. High

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showery activity, although we remain with rain towards some parts of

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Aberdeenshire and the Northern Isles. Tomorrow morning, a cold stop

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for many with a frost. And we will see some mist and fog patches first

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thing. One or two showers in the north-west. The wind continues to

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plague the Northern Isles. Chilly to start. We could see the odd missed

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off patch across eastern Scotland and through parts of the Highlands

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as well. All in all, a rather nice start to the day. Windy with rain.

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As far as the rest of the morning is concerned, it is bright and over the

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north-west and we could see more cloud or one or two light showers.

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Through the rest of the day, if we take a look further south, changes

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are afoot. The wind picks up along the West Coast - that's a sign of a

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weather front approaching. Really for the rest of England and

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Scotland, for daylight hours it's those drivers spells of sunshine.

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Temperatures peaking at ten Celsius in the south. In Scotland, we are

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looking at values of around 7-8 Celsius. We lose the rain from

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Orkney during the evening. Here comes that brain and -- here comes

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that brain and it turns to snow over high ground. Once that moves away,

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the weather front exits its way off into the North Sea. Low pressure

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close by means we will see a fair number of blustery showers,

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certainly across the north-west Highlands. Gales across the western

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and Northern Isles. I'll swear we will see some dry weather. Styles of

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sunshine. -- I'll swear we will see some dry weather.

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The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presents the first Budget of 2017.

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What will it mean for you and your family's finances?

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