The pre-budget report, unveiled by Chancellor Alistair Darling on Monday, aims to kick-start the faltering economy and looks set to spark a hefty increase in government adspend to communicate a raft of policy announcements.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to chair a national employment partnership to help the unemployed find work, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will spend an extra £1.3bn on measures to help the unemployed.
It is understood that the DWP's flagship back-to-work drive, rolling out next year, could change to encompass a rise in redundancies.
To encourage consumers to save, the government is also launching a national savings scheme. Up to 8m people on low incomes who put money into the Savings Gateway will be eligible to receive 50p for every £1 they save.
The scheme will be run through banks, building societies and the Post Office as part of plans to revive the network. The government previously spent £3.7m on ad--vertising for the launch of the Child Trust Fund, a scheme with similar scope.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the COI was the UK's second-biggest advert--iser behind Procter & Gamble in 2007, spending £150m.