Key points from the pre-Budget report:
UK growth predicted to be 3.25% this year and between 3% and 3.5% in 2005. Gordon Brown said his 'golden rule' would be met.
A freeze on fuel duty continues due to volatile oil prices.
15 hours a week free childcare for three/four-year-olds (up from 10 at present), paid maternity leave of nine months (up from six months) - both from April 2007
£1bn to help local authorities keep council tax down.
£105m is being released to boost counter terrorism and enhance surveillance at ports.
Each unskilled adult to be given free training opportunities.
A total of 20,000 civil servants will be relocated to the regions by 2010.
Creation of 'Science Cities' in York, Newcastle and Manchester.
Clampdown on tax avoidance including tackling film tax legislation abuse.
Pensioners over 70 will receive an additional £50 payment as part of the winter fuel allowance, giving a total of £250. And pensioners aged over 80 will receive a total of £350.
Single parents would get £40 return to work bonus and a £40 credit for people on incapacity benefit to help them into employment.
Cash so schools can stay open between 0800 and 1800 to help working parents.
Government is to consult on extending child trust fund scheme. It will also give additional sums of £250 and £500 when children turn seven.