Chancellor George Osborne insisted that the economy is "healing" as official figures revealed Britain dodged a much-feared triple-dip recession with growth of 0.3% in the first three months of the year.
A strong showing from the services sector and surging demand for energy as households ramped up their heating offset some of the impact of the snow at the start of the year, helping the UK pull back from the brink of its third recession since 2008.
Economics Editor Richard Edgar reports:
Only a quarter of the population believe the Chancellor's economic plan is right for the country, a new survey suggests.
The Index poll, conducted by ComRes for ITV News, found 24% agreed that George Osborne's economic plan is right for the country, while 41% disagreed and 35% did not know.
However, it appears that the public tend to blame the last Labour Government for the current economic situation rather than the current Coalition Government.
The survey, which questioned 2,019 British adults, found 37% blame the last Labour Government, whereas 16% blame the current Coalition Government and 32% blame both equally.