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The RIBA has welcomed chancellor Gordon Brown's reassurances that a recession has been avoided as good news for the construction industry. The economy is continuing to grow, with 2001 seeing a growth rate of 2.25 per cent.

In his Pre-Budget report, Brown also announced a range of measures designed to help small businesses, including a reduction in capital gains tax, the introduction of a 10 per cent corporation tax band and the simplification of VAT.

Other measures which will affect architects include an extra £1 billion to be invested in the health service, community investment tax credits and tax relief on the use of environmentally friendly products.

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