The Chancellor has opened the Autumn Statement by confirming that he is determined to build an economy that works for everyone.
As the revised forecasts and the reduction in debt are outlined, the Chancellor has confirmed that he will look to address the long term issues of the productivity gap, the housing challenge and prosperity imbalance.
The underlying message from the Chancellor so far seems to be that there is fundamental strength in the economy. The measures announced in the Autumn Statement aim to allow the economy to improve and be resilient while the headwinds of change continue to cause uncertainty.
The Chancellor says the government wants to ensure the UK economy is "match-fit" for the transition that will follow the Brexit vote. "So we will maintain our commitment to fiscal discipline", he says, "while recognising the need for investment to drive productivity".