But the chancellor says he wants "to be honest" with the public about the shock suffered by the economy.
Grants for 700,000 firms in England come as Rishi Sunak warns of a "challenge" ahead of the Budget.
Activists are urged to show "social responsibility" during campaigning for England's local elections.
John Swinney could face a no confidence vote over the release of legal advice ministers were given about Alex Salmond's civil case.
The Glasgow MSP defeated rival candidate Monica Lennon in the contest to replace Richard Leonard.