Chancellor George Osborne told ITV's Daybreak that the country's economic problems "could be a lot worse".
Referring to the current crisis in Cyprus, he said: "It's a difficult situation, but it could be a lot worse. You only have to watch your news bulletins to see other countries, not far from here, who have not confronted their problems and who are worried about getting money out of the bank.
A round up of the press' reaction to George Osborne's Budget 2013.
The borrowing figures announced by the Chancellor today were as bad, if not worse, than expected.
Conservative sources in the coalition said there will be no more welfare savings in the 2015/16 spending round.