The big surprise in today's speech was the scale of the Government's attempt to boost home-ownership and growth in the housing market.
From next year, it will guarantee the mortgages of prospective home buyers who are struggling to find a loan and offer help on deposits for first time buyers.
Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg reports:
George Osborne faces criticism that his mortgage guarantee plan might actually make houses less affordable.
The Treasury has still not explicitly said it will prevent homeowners from using taxpayer-backed Mortgage Guarantees to buy second homes.
It opens up the possibility of buying a house to millions who don't have a deposit but they might have to pay more for the privilege.