This year's autumn statement and spending review set out how the government plans to spend public money over the next five years.
A big u-turn on tax credit cuts was announced after pressure from the House of Lords and a new scheme to build affordable homes was unveiled as well as a few other surprises:
Planned cuts to tax credits have been scrapped.
The changes to Universal credit announced in the 2015 Summer Budget are still going ahead.
Housing benefit for new tenants will be capped at the same level as the private sector.
Pension credit and housing benefit payments will be stopped for anyone leaving the country for more than one month.
Local authorities will be allowed to increase council tax rates by up to 2% to pay for adult social care costs.
Income tax powers will be devolved to Wales, so they can make changes to rates without the need for a referendum.
Every individual and small business will be given a digital tax account with HMRC by the end of the decade.
Restrictions on shared ownership are to be removed, so more people can buy using shared ownership.
A new London Help to Buy scheme has been announced which will allow buyers to borrow up to 40% of the value of a new-build home interest free when they have a 5% deposit.
400,000 new affordable homes will be built by 2020. Half of these will be government starter homes.
Pensions and retirement
The basic state pension will rise by £3.35 to £119.30 per week from next year.
The maximum new flat rate pension will be £155.65 per week from April, 2016.
A decision on cashing in private annuities will be made in December, 2015.
30 hours of free childcare per week, due from 2017, will only be available to parents working at least 16 hours per week and earning less than £100,000 per year.
New measures to tackle compensation fraud will be introduced. It is hoped the new rules will save up to £50 a year off the cost of car insurance.
Reforms to the cost of green energy policies will save households an average of £30 per year.