BBC News reports on the chancellor calling for banks to lend more to business.
The chancellor has warned the UK’s banks that they need to start increasing their lending to businesses.
George Osborne said the government “would not tolerate banks piling the pressure” onto small firms, and that it was their “obligation” to lift lending.
By getting banks to lend more, George is hoping that business investment will rise, resulting in an increase in jobs and incomes. This should also have a positive impact on tax revenues and reduce benefit payments.