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George Osborne abandons his planned cuts to tax credits as he reveals


the government is plans for spending over the next five years. He says


the changes can be scrapped but he has confirmed ?12 billion in welfare


cuts. Among the winners is a boost


for housebuilding, with 400,000 new Protect our economic security


by taking the difficult decisions to live within our means


and bring down our debt. And to protect our National Security


Agency by defending And to protect our National Security


by defending our country's interests abroad and


keeping our citizens safe at home. With the Chancellor still


on his feet, we'll be bringing you The number of people dying last


winter hit a 15-year high. One Russian pilot survives


the downing of his fighter jet Relations between


the two countries remain tense. And a slow return to normality


for Brussels after fears of a terror attack, although


the city remains on high alert. George Osborne puts boosting


property ownership at the heart of the Spending Review,


but will it really give more Londoners the chance to get


a foot on the housing ladder? But the Chancellor's statement also


marks deep cuts to public spending, with police forces expected to be


among the losers. Good afternoon


and welcome to the BBC News at One. In a dramatic change of direction,


the Chancellor says the government is scrapping its planned changes to


the credit systems. He's setting out details


of government spending and cuts He has been detailing the


government's planned spending and cuts in the public spending bill.


The Chancellor is also setting out plans for almost ?7 billion-worth


of extra spending on housebuilding in England.


Our Political Correspondent Carole Walker has the story so far.


A businesslike Chancellor set off to deliver his statement. No smiles


this morning, George Osborne knows cutting ?20 billion from government


spending is hardly going to be good news. But he has already agreed


extra money for some priority programmes. He briefed the Cabinet


early this morning. Have you got the money you need?


The Defence Secretary has got an extra ?12 billion for military


equipment. And the Health Secretary is getting almost ?4 billion next


year for the NHS. Will working people be protected?


But there have been big battles over welfare. The Chancellor wants to cut


?12 billion. In the Commons, as the Chancellor waited to deliver his


statement, the Prime Minister Harold on one big announcement, another


attempt to tackle the housing crisis -- heralded. The biggest


contribution is by awarding more houses which we will be doing during


this Parliament and by maintaining a strong, secure and stable economy


with low interest rates so people can afford to take out a mortgage.


The Chancellor of the X to cover. George Osborne said the Conservative


government is delivering on its commitment to protect economic and


national-security. He said his plan to get a budget in surplus by the


end of the Parliament is on track. We have promised to move Britain


from being a high welfare, low-wage economy to a global welfare, higher


wage economy. Today, I can say that the ?12 billion of welfare savings


we committed to at the election will be delivered in full. And delivered


in a way that helps families as we make the transition to our national


living wage. The Chancellor's plan to save ?4 billion from tax credits


forwarding families was defeated in the Lords. Today, he announced an


improvement in the nation's finances allowed him to abandon these plans


altogether. I have listened to the concerns, I hear and I understand


them. And because I have been able to announce today an improvement in


the public finances, the simplest thing is not to faze these changes


in but to avoid them all together. Tax credits are being phased out


anyway as we introduce Universal Credit. And what that means is that


the tax credit taper rate and threshold remain unchanged. The


Chancellor says this is about focusing on the government's


priorities, but that does mean a full cutbacks elsewhere and it could


take days, at even weeks, before the effect of his decisions becomes


clear. Labour want him to back down on many


other planned cuts including those to police numbers. The transfer is


still on his feet as he continues to set out his plans for the next four


years -- the Chancellor. In a moment, we'll get the latest


from Westminster with our Assistant But first, our Economics


Correspondent, Andy Verity, is here. What picture did George Osborne


give? He was bullish about it. One number we were looking about is what


is going to happen to the deficit? The deficit, the amount by which the


government exceeds its income. The number he gave was ?73.5 billion for


borrowing for next year. That has increased slightly from the target


of 69.5 William pounds in the summer budget but not by a huge amount. --


69.5 billion pounds. The other number is, what is the state of the


public finances is in 4.5 years? He did forecast a surplus of 10 billion


in July and today we have another surplus, ?10.1 billion. Part of the


reason he is able to do that in defiance of expectations the surplus


would not be as much is we have slightly better economic growth


predicted for next year and the year after. In 2015 and 2016, we have


2.4%. In 2017, that goes up to 2.5%. Those projections will be a bit


controversial because some Independent economists look at


global uncertainty and they wonder if we might slow down. A big


number, the centrepiece was tax credits. We have to learn where that


will come from now. Thank you. Our Assistant Political Editor,


Norman Smith, is in Westminster. Can you answer that question? A huge


U-turn on tax credits, how will he pay for it? The answer at the moment


is we do not really know. What we do know is so battered and shattered it


seems is the Chancellor and the government by the backlash over


planned cuts to tax credits, there is no point trying to tweak it a bit


and put a little bit more money away of people receiving tax credit and


just phase it in. He decided, no, we have two abandon the whole thing. So


he has dropped the plan outlined in the budget to impose cuts on tax


credits, saying, in time, tax credits will be phased out once we


move to the Universal Credit. With that comes considerable political


embarrassment for George Osborne. He will have to come back to the


Commons in a month and explain why he has broken his own rules on


welfare spending because he imposed a welfare cap which he will now


reach by not going ahead with those cuts to tax credits. -- reach. He's


partly saved by the fact Labour missed before the statement they


would not attack George Osborne if he forgot about his plans for tax


credits. It seems we are slightly in an abracadabra moment. How has he


done this? He says he will have a bigger surplus, debt will fall


faster than reviews we planned, the economy keeps growing, cuts to


government departments are less than expected. The answer is we are going


to have to go through that red book. Somewhere in it will be the


detail of how the Chancellor has paid for the ?4.5 billion savings he


will have to make to offset abandoning cuts to tax credits.


Thank you. Norman Smith. And the Chancellor is still on his


feet, outlining the Spending Review. We'll have more on that


at the end of the programme. Almost 44,000 more people died


last winter in England and Wales New figures from the Office


for National Statistics show that more than three quarters


of those died were 75 or over. It's the highest number


of so-called "excess winter deaths" Our Health Correspondent,


Dominic Hughes, reports. Last winter was an exceptionally


tough one for the NHS right across the UK. In particular, I wonder


departments and Ambulance Services were under severe pressure. Now we


know why. It big increase in the number of frail and elderly patients


falling seriously ill and dying. The latest figures from the Office for


National Statistics is show a big increase in deaths over winter


compared to the average number of deaths the rest of the year, there


were nearly 44,000 excess winter death is imminent and Wales, the


highest number since 1999. Most fertility is occurred in those over


75, with respiratory diseases are common underlying cause. -- most


deaths. There were more than double also in Scotland. One cause of harm


in winter is the flu and you have to get the flu vaccine. And the second


is cold weather. There are a number of practical steps we can all take


to avoid harm from the cold. Again, people who are older and who have


heart disease or lung disease, they vulnerable to the impacts of cold


weather. For hospitals preparing for this winter, these figures are


worrying. I am concerned from the point of view of we have got a lot


of plans in place and contingency planning which we do all year. But


my biggest concern is our ability to have enough nursing staff to be able


to open up additional capacity. Pensioners groups have been


protesting in Westminster today. Releasing balloons to remember those


who died last winter from cold related illnesses. You are going to


feel a little scratch. Luke was probably the biggest winter killer


and public health experts said this year's kludge up should be more


effective. And each tab will hope they are right if they are to avoid


similar pressures to those seen last winter -- NHS staff.


Relations between Russia and Turkey remain tense


after yesterday's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet, which Turkey


One pilot was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from his plane -


the other was rescued by the Syrian army.


The Russian Foreign Minister said today his country did not intend to


wage a war with Turkey, but would "seriously reconsider" relations.


It sparked a diplomatic crisis and fears of retaliation. A Russian


plane plunging into flames from a Turkish strike. The first time a


Nato member has downed a Russian jet in over 50 years. Moscow says one


pilot who rejected was killed by Syrian rebels. The other rescued and


now in Russia's Syrian -- Syrian air base of Latakia. Turkey released a


map suggesting the plane crossed the Southern tip of its order, mocked in


blue, 417 seconds after repeated warnings. Russia hit back with a


image saying that no point did the Russian plane, in red, cross the


purple border while one of the Turkish planes mocked included. In


Moscow, the anger is boiling. Powell Putin? He has warned of grave


consequences and pressure for equal -- economic sanctions. -- President.


For now, tough talk. After the tragic events of yesterday, it has


become necessary to warn our citizens about the danger of


travelling to Turkey. What happened calls for an in-depth analysis, we


are not alone in seeing that, I assure you, the whole world knows


it. The strike was perhaps a flexing muscles by Turkey to support the


Syrian Turkoman. Ethnic Turks fighting the President Assad regime


who have been pounded by strikes. The Turkish President knows he has


Nato behind him defending its airspace but he is under pressure to


pull back and he sounded a conservatory note today. No one


should expect us to be silent and non-reactive to the constant


violation of our border security but we definitely do not want to


escalate this incident. Turkey has always been on the side of peace,


dialogue and diplomacy, not tension, crisis and animosity. In Moscow, the


Turkish embassy was pelted with eggs, with some calling for


retaliation. Murderous, they chanted. This is the Embassy of


murderers, in my opinion. I think that nothing good can come of this


escalation of tensions but it is now obvious we should be getting ready


for dark times. Not everything is clear but I do think there should be


some retaliation. Much of what is said by Ankara and Moscow will be


for domestic consumption. Both presidents cultivating their strong


man image. But there is Russia to pull back and with recent signs of a


grand coalition forming against Islamic State, perhaps the desire to


unite against a common enemy will cool head this time. -- heads.


Schools and about half of Metro stations


in Brussels have reopened this morning, four days after they were


closed over fears of an imminent attack similar to that in Paris.


The city is still on the highest level of alert, with armed police


Our Europe correspondent, Chris Morris, is in Brussels.


After four days of lockdown and too many rumours to mention the


government said the city had to get back to business. As the hunt for


another jihadist sale continues, nervous parents and nervous


commuters have taken steps to get things moving again.


At six in the morning, the first Metro train since last Friday.


The transport network coming back to life.


Brussels is still on high alert, the threat of attacks serious


And there were mixed emotions among people arriving


It feels like things are beginning to get back to normal?


I don't think so, because we are still scared.


Today is good, there are a lot of people in the streets.


Parents dropping off kids amidst additional security.


Provided by hundreds of armed police.


There were handshakes, there was reassurance.


But there was also a tinge of anxiety.


I am worried, she says, but you've just got to get on with things.


And on one of Brussels' main thoroughfares, sirens


So plenty of security still, but the feel of a city that is


Naturally enough though, people are still extremely concerned


about the fact that nearly two weeks now after the attacks


in Paris, the main surviving suspect had yet to be caught.


We have known about this man, Salah Abdeslam, since shortly


He was there, but he is still on the run.


And now the Belgian authorities have named a


second suspect, Mohamed Abrini, seen here as a petrol station en route to


He is described as armed and dangerous.


We have to find as soon as possible these terrorists,


these people who are putting fear in the mind of a whole population.


And as working life resumes here, people are uncomfortably aware that


there will be others still seeking to attack at random.


The European Parliament is meeting in Strasbourg to discuss the Paris


attacks. Our correspondent is there. Members of the European Parliament


have been debating the EU response to the Paris attacks. Much of the


focus has been on border control. The focus has been on border


control. There of the Schengen Agreement zone, an area where you


can move freely between countries with no border checks. But there are


now questions over how sustainable that is, not just because of the


Paris attacks but also the ongoing migrant crisis. Some countries have


already imposed temporary border controls, driving from Brussels to


Strasbourg yesterday they were long queues at the French border as the


authorities checked on cars. This morning the president of the


European Commission said that the Schengen idea was, he urged people


to breathe new life into it. The reason this matters is because the


idea of free movement is absolutely fundamental to the European Union.


Those who want to preserve it say the focus must be on strengthening


external borders but there are questions over whether that will be


enough. And even senior EU leaders say now that the idea is being


tested like never before. George Osborne abandons his planned


cuts to tax credits - but confirms Housebuilding


in England gets a boost of almost ?7 It was the world's fastest aircraft


- now 75 years after the Mosquito first took to the skies a new


prototype is about to be unveiled. Having been close to elimination,


Arsenal keep their Champions League A white police officer in Chicago


has been charged with the murder of Officials released a video taken


by a police car's dashboard camera showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald


walking away In the hours after the footage was


released, several hundred protesters Officer Jason Van Dyke is


the first on-duty Chicago officer A Monday evening in October 2014,


and Chicago police officers are called to attend reports that


a youth armed with Dash cam footage shows the time,


just before ten o'clock. 17-year-old Laquan McDonald can be


seen running On the left of the picture,


officer Jason Van Dyke It is approximately six seconds


between him leaving the car In scenes too graphic to show he


continues to shoot Chicago police investigators later


recovered 16 fired cartridge cases from the scene and the Illinois


State police determined that all those cartridge cases had been fired


from officer Van Dyke's weapon. Jason Van Dyke appeared


in court yesterday charged with And the dash cam footage was


released under orders I understand that people will be


upset and will want to protest But I would like to echo the


comments of the McDonald family. They have asked for calm and


for those who choose to speak out to So far it appears the appeals


for calm have been listened to. With a few hundred protesters


on the streets of Chicago last Tensions are running high across


the United States after a series of high-profile shootings by the


police at African-American youths. Laquan McDonald had been carrying


a 3-inch knife when he was shot. Officer Van Dyke's lawyer says


the dash cam footage does not tell I believe my client's conduct


has been described as hideous. I would state that those


comments are irresponsible. A jury will now have to decide


whether Laquan McDonald's actions that night should have led to


his violent death. Britain's Davis Cup team say they


are satisfied with security arrangements ahead of


the final against Belgium in Ghent. The town is only 35 miles


from the capital Brussels, which Tennis fans have been warned


that increased security means entry to the venue will take


longer than usual. Our Sports Correspondent Sally


Nugent has been talking to British Number One Andy Murray ahead


of the first match on Friday. There were a lot


of concerns over the weekend with the news coming from Brussels,


which affected our travel plans a It didn't make too much difference


because the match court wasn't available


anyway. How much did you think over the


weekend about how you would get here We listened to all


of the right people. As Leon said, everyone was


shocked about what was going on in But once the security guys were here


in Ghent, around the arena, they reassured us everything was


fine and we were good to go. If you tuned in in previous


matches, you can see the bench lined up behind the court, the umpire's


chair, and we have got a great bunch of players, fantastic backroom staff


who work their socks off for the team and the players


appreciate everyone's role. We haven't been in a final


for over 30 years. Who knows


if we will get there again? It is a great opportunity


for the fans to come and watch. We will need as much support as we


can get. Sally Nugent there - talking to Andy


Murray. More on the top story now and


Chancellor George Osborne says he's scrapping propose changes to the tax


credit system. In a moment we will have the latest from Westminster.


Our economics correspondent Andy Verity is here.


What else have we heard? Something of the cuts to the departments which


is what everyone was waiting for. George Osborne wanted to make cuts


to the welfare budget but here is what is happening to some of those


unprotected departments. Environment down 15%. 37% cut in the current


budget, the day-to-day budget of the transport Department but more money


per new roads. A block grant for Wales of ?15 billion, Northern


Ireland, ?11 billion, but a 20% cut to the budget for the Department of


culture, media and sport. Good news for pensioners, the basic state


pension is going to rise by ?3 35 a week. That is the biggest real term


rise we've seen in a long time. And not looking very austere in that


regard. The big question, how is it going to pay for not doing that tax


credit cut? Our assistant political editor


Norman Smith is in Westminster. You have been getting some reaction


to the statement? A good few of us walking around scratching our heads


and thinking how did he do that, how did he land to pay for this tax


credit move, abandoning the proposed cuts to tax credits? Let us try to


find out from a couple of MPs, Conservative member Chris Phipps and


Chuka Umunna, former business secretary. On the plus side, he has


done what you wanted him to do and abandoned the cuts to tax credits.


He has and it was a catastrophic midge judgment of his to come


forward with those unforgivable proposals. -- misjudgement. This is


a smoke and mirrors Autumn Statement. The problem is he is


making the utterly false economy, cutting off his nose to spite his


face, in cutting growth inducing measures. The Department for growth,


the business department, their budget cut by 17%. Every pound that


you put in investing in young people and skills, research and innovation,


produces future receipts for the Exchequer in the longer run. We have


seen him attacking the Department and other growth inducing measures


as well. Huge cheers on your benches Chris, when George Osborne announced


he would abandon cuts to tax credits. But we simply do not know


how he will pay for it, it is magic money? It is not true, this is


fantastic news for working families. The Chancellor has listened and the


the economy is doing better than expected and because of that the


Chancellor can afford to reverse these tax credit proposals. It is


fantastic news, we have record employment, growth rates and wages


of 3%, the biggest growth in the past five years of every G-7


country. And that is why, he can spend ?10 billion more on the NHS,


starting with ?6 billion extra next year to make sure the NHS has the


money it needs. The Chancellor said he would still make welfare savings


of ?12 billion so some benefit claimants will have to pay for this


U-turn on tax credits? He already announced reduction on benefit caps


outside London, that is absolutely right. Some changes to housing


benefit for social tenants but as the economy does well and more


people come off welfare and into work, as they are doing in the


hundreds of thousands, of course welfare spending will come down.


Chuka Umunna, briefly, your party has been clear that if he abandoned


tax credits you would not attack him? We have the lowest productivity


in the G-7 aside from Japan. We still do not know what he's going to


do policing, we are losing 5000 police officers in London which the


Met Police chief would compromise the counterterrorism effort. And our


trade deficit is the biggest on record. Thank you very much gentle


man. The fact is we will have to get our heads down and go through all


the numbers. You do not get the full story until you have gone through


the detail. Thank you. And you can keep


up-to-date with the Autumn Statement on the BBC News website. There is a


special page on the spending review with continuous updates from our


correspondence and the latest analysis.


We have an East -West Brit today. The best of the sunshine across the


East, further west we have this cloud. -- split. This was the


beautiful scene taken earlier this morning close to Halifax in the


Pennines. As we go through the rest of the Day today, across western


areas where is the risk of a few showers, some in the West of


Scotland or eastern parts of Northern Ireland. The wind is


bringing an unfortunate line of showers for some stretching down


into the south and West Midlands and on towards Hampshire. Underneath


this some areas could get shower after Sharon this afternoon. Mostly


quite light. In the east is the best of the sunshine. Overnight tonight


clear skies initially across Scotland and eastern parts of


England, temperatures falling away. And some frost possible in the


countryside. In Northern Ireland and the West of Scotland turning murky


and a damp start to the day with outbreaks of rain. The rain tends


heavier as we go through Thursday especially across the West of


Scotland. Further east it is a bright start with sunshine and


staying largely dry and five through the day. Temperatures pushing


generally into double figures but around the Murray first some wind


allowing temperatures to peak at around 15 degrees. So Friday, we end


the week with an area of low pressure pushing in a weather front


across the UK. This bringing some particularly heavy rain into the


western side of Scotland and also turning wet at times for Northern


Ireland, Wales and the West of England. Mild air in place though


but the rain associated with a cold front that will swing east through


Friday night. It will be cold and there will even be is no across


northern parts of Scotland. The weekend, and unsettled picture, low


pressure in charge bringing strong wind at times. Some wet weather on


Saturday in particular, and brighter spells, the best in eastern parts on


Sunday. On Saturday, outbreaks of rain sweeping across the country,


and the strong wind with gales or even severe gales buffeting the


south-west of the UK. The wind coming in from the South West which


should boost temperatures a little but feeling cold and the wind. And


across the mountains of Scotland cold enough for some snow. So I'm


unsettled looking weekend ahead. Now a reminder


of our top story this lunchtime. George Osborne abandons his planned


cuts to tax credits but confirms ?12 billion in overall welfare cuts.


That's all from us, now on BBC One it's time