George Osborne
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Social care cost cap and flat-tier pension brought forward

The government will bring forward its overhaul of the pension system and social care funding by a year, the chancellor has announced.

George Osborne said the flat-tier pension, worth around £144 a week, would now start in 2016.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said not enough was being done to stimulate growth.

But Mr Osborne told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show said the move was "another example of how this government is helping people".