Here are the main points of Chancellor Alistair Darling's Budget:
* Mr Darling expects the economy to begin to grow again by the end of this year.
* Total policy support for the UK economy is expected to protect up to 500,000 jobs.
* Forecast for GDP growth in 2009 is minus 3.5 per cent.
* Growth of 1.25 per cent forecast for 2010.
* From 2011, growth of 3.5 per cent per annum forecast.
* Inflation expected to continue to come down sharply, to 1 per cent by the end of the year.
* Deficit expected to halve in four years.
* Budget measures represent fiscal easing of 0.5 per cent of GDP this year.
* Public sector borrowing to hit £175 billion this year - 12 per cent of GDP - but to fall to 9.1 per cent in two years.
* Extra £1.7 billion for Job Centre Plus network.
* From January, everyone under 25 and out of work will receive a job or training.
* Pledge to create 250,000 extra jobs and £260 million extra for skills and training.
* For the next two years, £250 million and then £450 million to maintain 54,000 sixth form places.
* More help for homeowners out of work to reduce repossessions.
* Stamp duty holiday on homes up to £175,000 extended to end of year.
* Loss-making firms can reclaim tax on profits from past three years.
* From April 2011 pension tax relief restricted for those on incomes over £150,000.
* No income tax increase this year, but the planned new top income tax rate of 45 per cent on incomes above £150,000 will be increased to 50 per cent and take effect from next April - a year early.
* Alcohol duties will go up by 2 per cent from midnight tonight. There will be an increase in tobacco duty of 2 per cent from 6pm tonight. These measures will raise over £6 billion by 2012.
* ISA savings tax free limit raised to £10,000 (£5,100 in cash) for over-50s this year and for everyone else next year.
* Fuel duty will increase by 2p per litre in September and then by 1p a litre above indexation each April for the next four years.
* Car industry scrappage scheme of £2,000 for cars over 10 years old from next month to March 2010.
* £5 billion further efficiency savings in public services, rising to £9 billion by 2013/14.
* Capital investment to continue until the London Olympics, and to be 1.25 per cent of GDP after 2013.
* Extra £1 billion to help climate change measures.
* £50 million to modernise armed forces housing.
* North Sea oil exploration incentives.
* Main capital allowance for firms doubled to 40 per cent.
* Chancellor, presenting the world's first carbon budget, committed Britain to cut carbon emissions by 34 per cent by 2020.
£435 million of extra support to deliver energy efficiency measures for homes, firms and public buildings.
* £525 million new funds and support for offshore wind projects.
* £4 billion more for renewable energy projects.
* New power plants exempt from climate change levy from 2013.
* Extra funding to extend broadband network.
* £750 million strategic investment fund announced to help emerging technologies.
FAMILIES AND PENSIONS
* From April next year, child element of child tax credit up £20.
* Grandparents who are carers of children will see that work qualify towards state pension.
* Pensions will rise in real terms.
* Winter fuel allowance for pensioners to be maintained.
* Capital disregard on Pension Credit to be raised from £6,000 to £10,000 from November.Reuse content