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Mini Budget Day for Cornwall

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7:10pm 29th November 2011
(Updated 7:10pm 29th November 2011)

Cornish families are getting fifty pounds a year cut off our sky-high water bills.

The Chancellor has confirmed the rebate for all South West customer, while laying out his Autumn budget. 

It will kick in from April 2013.

Monica Read speaks for South West Water.

She says the announcement couldn't have come at a better time: "It is a little way away, but it will be of significance. Fifty pounds per household, and people will see that coming off their bill. That's got to be good news in these difficult economic times."

Monica adds, "We've had a huge coastal and environmental clean up. It's been very positive for the region's economy, but we've got a small population and we've had this three per cent of the population paying to clean up thirty per cent of the nation's bathing waters. I think that's why we've got to where we've got to now."

There are fears, however, that any cash back will be cancelled out by a rise in bills.

The Chancellor also announced plans to scrap a 3p a litre hike in fuel duty. It is after it was revealed Cornwall is paying £20 a more to drive to work every month than people living in the big cities. That figure has risen £5 since the start of the year.

David is a driving instructor from Falmouth. He said, "It's going to increase the amount I spend and I'm afraid I'm just going to have to pass that on to my customers. I've done as much as I can already. My car is quite fuel efficient but I have to maintain a living."

7:10pm 29th November 2011

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