'Increases in food and energy bills will intensify the squeeze on real take-home pay which, for many households, is unlikely to grow this year.'
Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England on current economic prospects
'We stand able to weather the global financial storms and to respond where necessary.'
Gordon Brown in a confident mood last December
'Many banks still have skeletons in the closet. They've been announcing losses of £9 billion and then coming back and saying 'Sorry guv, I meant £12 billion'. You can't keep doing that.'
David Buik of City firm BGC Partners, who is less confident about future economic prospects
'We are extremely concerned that the one in three pensioner households likely to be living in fuel poverty by the end of the year will feel forced to cut back on essential food or fuel.'
Gordon Lishman, director of Age Concern, in response to E.on's announcement that it is to raise gas prices by 26 percent and electricity prices by 16 percent
'We need to tighten up the system and fill in any gaps.'
Chancellor Alistair Darling explaining his 'solution' to the economic crisis last January
'Debt enquiries to Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales have hit a record high, increasing by 20 percent in a year.'
Campaign group Credit Action