Chancellor tells ITV News the sale of £3.21bn worth of Lloyds shares will not necessarily trickle down to struggling households.
The Treasury has started the process of one of the most anticipated business deals in years, but will the taxpayer get their money back?
In a letter seen by ITV News, a senior Cabinet minister has warned hospital trusts about using schemes to avoid paying tax.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said that the risks of Scottish independence are "becoming ever clearer". He said: "What we've seen today with Standard Life and RBS are the risks of independence becoming ever clearer."
He added: "It’s common-sense that when you have something that works there will be adverse consequences if you rip it apart. The strength and stability of the United Kingdom is the essential underpinning of Scotland’s successful financial services sector over several centuries.
"These businesses are reasonably and fairly setting out the consequences of the SNP’s dangerous, risky, and unclear plans for independence. I doubt they’ll be the last.”
Margaret Hodge, the PAC's chairman, criticised the Treasury for failing to be more actively involved in reviewing the household's financial planning and management, including in the plans to maintain historical buildings.
A Treasury spokesman said: "The new arrangements established by the Sovereign Grant Act have made the royal finances more transparent than ever while providing the long term stability necessary for good planning.
The PAC's report has failed to properly account for these changes."
The Government's figures on take home pay should be taken "with several tonnes of salt", the TUC has claimed.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the figures "do not include the effects of tax credits and benefits".
– TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady
Freezing child benefit has hit families hard.
The figures use the lowest possible measure of inflation (CPI), which excludes housing costs, and is not the one that the government uses to index rail fares (RPI) and other important contributors to living costs.
The analysis also uses the most generous possible measure for wages, and not the one that the Government uses (average weekly earnings) when measuring incomes.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the Government's figures on take home pay do not reflect what has happened to household incomes overall.
IFS director Paul Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that although the Government used "a perfectly sensible set of numbers", there were "two problems" that need to be taken into account.
He said: "First, we have other sets of data - the Office for National Statistics publishes an average weekly earnings index. That went up quite a lot less quickly than inflation in the most recent months.
"And of course they are not taking account of reductions in things like benefits which were occurring over the time. So if you are looking at household incomes, that will be different from what's happened to take home pay."
Labour leader Ed Miliband said David Cameron has "shown millions of people he doesn't understand their lives" after the Prime Minister claimed there are "positive signs" that take home pay is rising:
All the PM does by telling Britain there isn't a cost of living crisis is show millions of people he doesn't understand their lives
Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s shadow treasury minister, said the Coalition's claim that take home pay was rising was based on "highlyselective figures".
The Tories are totally out of touch to claim people facing a cost-of-living crisis are actually better off under them.
These highly selective figures from the Tories do not even include the impact of things like cuts to tax credits and child benefit which have hit working families hard.
The truth is that under David Cameron real wages have fallen by over £1,600 a year and analysis of IFS figures show families are on average £891 worse off as a result of tax and benefit changes since 2010.
At the same time this government has given a huge tax cut to people earning over £150,000.
The Prime Minister has insisted there are "positive signs" that take-home pay is rising.
An analysis of take home pay figures circulated by the Treasury has suggested all but the top 10% of earners saw a rise last year.
Overall people saw their take home pay rise by a third more than the rate of CPI inflation, currently 2%.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has defended the Government's plan to allow councils which give fracking the go-ahead to keep 100 per cent of the business rates they collect.
Asked if that amounted to a bribe, he told ITV News: "Fracking offers a significant opportunity for the UK economy. It's a potential source of considerable amounts of energy for our country.
"In common with other areas of energy development where local authorities are allowed to keep business rates, and where there are other incentives for communities - it's important and fair we should treat fracking in the same way."
The Treasury has pledged to honour all UK Government debt up to the date of potential Scottish independence, if Scots vote in favour in September's referendum.
ITV News Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg explains:
And important #indyref story - Treasury will stand behind all UK debt - move to prevent market jitters about Scotland going it alone
Treasury paper on guaranteeing Scot debt - NB share of debt Indy Scotland would take on not decided https://t.co/uqoWVKaz7o
The Polish prime minister has criticised David Cameron for singling out Poland in his vow to ban British child benefit payments to children of EU migrants.
According to Treasury figures, over half the children in EU nations who receive child benefit are in Poland.
According to Treasury figures - the UK pays child benefit to 40,000 children living in another EU member state.
More child benefit figures: govt pays it to 13m children of which 40,171 live in EU (Poland 25,659, RoI 2,609, France 2,003, Slovakia 1,881)