The City wants action to deal with the deficit, construction wants a commitment to spending - how will the chancellor strike a balance in his Budget?

As the chancellor Alistair Darling puts his final touches to the Budget he will be relieved by the recent spate of comforting data.

Last Wednesday we had employment statistics showing that the unemployment was falling.

On Thursday the figures on public finances were far healthier than expected, with the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimating that the level of borrowing for the financial year will come in £12bn lower than forecast in the last Pre-Budget Report.