These are the main points of the bank bail-out package announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling.
* Taxpayers' money will be used to buy stakes in major banks in an attempt to halt the meltdown in the financial sector. But the Treasury insists the taxpayer will not lose out and it expects a return on the investment as well as a return to financial stability from the package.
* The Government is also demanding that in return for the public-backed cash injection, banks must cap executive pay and shareholder dividends and commit to supporting lending to homebuyers and small businesses.
* Eight UK banks and building societies - including RBS, Barclays, HBOS, Lloyds TSB and Nationwide - have signed up to an initial £25 billion scheme.
* The Treasury stands ready to make at least another £25 billion available for other eligible institutions.
* The Bank of England is also extending from £50 billion to £200 billion the existing Special Liquidity Scheme - which makes money available to banks on a day-to-day basis to plug the gap left by their fear of lending to each other.
* A further £250 billion is being pumped in under a debt guarantee scheme.