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Autumn statement due today

The science and innovation strategy and measures to support postgraduate taught students are expected to be revealed, writes Alison Goddard.

The parlous state of the nation’s finances is due to be unveilled today when the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers the autumn statement to Parliament. The figures announced by Mr Osborne are expected to show that the coalition government will fail to eliminate the structural deficit by May 2015, when the next general election will be held. The Financial Times has a package of content which says that Mr Osborne plans to put the regeneration of northern England at the heart of his autumn statement, with the promise of (£) new money for infrastructure, transport and science in the region. The BBC takes a general look at announcements that have already been made. It also rehearses arguments around the funding of postgraduate courses. The Guardian says that the Chancellor will announce £141 million for a regeneration project in east London involving University College London and the University of the Arts.

Mr Osborne is due to speak at 12:30pm today. His speech will be live streamed by Parliament TV and also broadcast with commentary by the BBC. Subscribers to HE will also be able to access our coverage of the autumn statement.

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