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
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)
The Treasury has confirmed that the government will announce budget cuts of 1% to departments over the next two years.
Making the announcement on Twitter the Treasury said:
Resource budgets in government departments cut by around 1.1% over next two years #responsiblerecovery
No cuts to capital, health, schools, aid, HMRC, local gov & security services. MoD given exceptional flexibility #responsiblerecovery
In another message the Treasury said: "Chancellor & Chief Sec have written to cabinet to inform them an extra £1bn a year savings will be made over next 3yrs."
The Treasury has claimed an independent Scotland could cost Scottish taxpayers £1,000 a year.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the calculation was based on the "most optimistic independent assessment of Scotland's finances" by the Institute of Fiscal Studies think tank, which published its report last week.
In a letter to Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, Mr Alexander cited the IFS' statement that independence would require policy action "equivalent to around an eight percentage point increase in the basic rate of tax".
He said Treasury officials calculated this would mean an average increase for basic rate tax payers in Scotland of around £1,000 per year.
The Treasury has tweeted a graphic which aims to answer the question "Why do we need Help to Buy?"
George Osborne has filed a formal complaint against Brussels over plans to cap bankers' bonuses due to fears the move will backfire and drive up salaries.
The legal action was lodged on Friday, after it had been approved by the Chancellor.
An HM Treasury spokesman said: "These latest EU rules on bonuses, rushed through without any assessment of their impact, will undermine all of this by pushing bankers' fixed pay up rather than down, which will make banks themselves riskier rather than safer.
"Regulation of pay in this manner goes beyond what is permitted in the EU Treaty. That's why we are challenging these rules in the European Court, to ensure the legislation respects the EU Treaty and actually achieves what it's meant to."
I think that what it shows is that our economy is turning a corner, that we are now in a position where overseas investors and others are looking to invest in British banks.
Given the massive commitment that the British taxpayer made to rescuing these banks when things went wrong back at the time of the financial crisis, I think that it is a welcome sign that we are starting the process, and of course it will be a long process, of getting the taxpayers' money back.