For many of Tuesday’s newspapers the main story is the imminent announcement of plans for paying for social care.
The Daily Telegraph and the Guardian put a figure on the expected tax rise – saying National Insurance will be increased by about 1.25%.
They say the cap beyond which the state would pick up an individual’s social care bill is expected to be set at about £80,000.
The Guardian reports that Conservative MPs are “mutinous” and that one Tory frontbencher is “considering their position”.
“Fiver a week to fix care crisis” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail – which estimates that is the tax rise to be imposed on a typical worker.
The Mail says Boris Johnson deserves credit for grasping the nettle of social care, but it fears the money will “disappear into the black hole of NHS spending” without solving the problem.
The Daily Express is supportive, with the headline “Boris sticks to his guns”. It says the prime minister “should be commended for tackling this urgent matter” and that while young people will have to contribute “they too will grow old” one day.
A new Covid lockdown could be announced next month if cases threaten to overwhelm the NHS – according to the i newspaper.
An unnamed scientist from the advisory group, Sage, has told the paper that the autumn half term holiday could be extended to two weeks in what the paper calls an “October firebreak”. But, the paper says, a full lockdown would be unlikely.
The Times says the home secretary is prepared to withhold millions of pounds promised to the French to help them prevent migrant boats crossing the Channel – unless they do more to stop people reaching the UK.
The paper says Priti Patel met Conservative MPs last night, after a record number of migrants landed in the UK on Monday. She apparently told them “France is going to have to get its act together if it wants to see the cash. It’s payment by results.”
The Daily Mirror focuses on a father’s campaign for every school to be required by law to have a defibrillator. Mark King’s 12-year-old son Oliver died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a swimming race at a school which didn’t have one.
Now Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has met Mr King, has said the government is considering changing the law.
Charles Randell criticises celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, who are paid to promote Bitcoin. The paper says the Treasury is considering giving the FCA a greater role in regulating the promotion of crypto-assets.
Chess mania has led to a worldwide shortage of sets, according to the Times.
The paper says the combination of lockdowns, forcing people to find new ways to entertain themselves, and the TV show The Queen’s Gambit, has fuelled the craze.
The English Chess Federation and online gaming platforms are reporting a surge in membership. Now the federation’s chairman, Dominic Lawson, hopes the government will grant chess the status of a sport and allow players to apply for public funding.