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Exclusive: 'EastEnders' to reference spending review

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A special scene referencing George Osborne's spending review is to be edited into tonight's episode of EastEnders, Digital Spy can exclusively reveal.

Yesterday, the Chancellor officially announced £81bn of spending cuts as part of the Government's ongoing plan to reduce Britain's record peacetime deficit.

Following Osborne's statement to the House Of Commons yesterday afternoon, EastEnders bosses began working on a last-minute scene which will allow the national talking point to be reflected on screen this evening.

The scene in question will see Walford residents Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) and Charlie Slater (Derek Martin) discussing the impact of the Chancellor's plans.

EastEnders producers have often referenced issues of national and international importance on screen in recent years. Back in May, a last-minute scene saw the result of the UK general election mentioned on screen, while other episodes have referenced Michael Jackson's death, President Obama's US election victory and the results of various football games.

The main focus of tonight's episode will be troubled Carol Jackson as she continues to lash out at her loved ones following the tragic death of her son Billie.

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