The papers: NHS tax-rise anger and October firebreak plan

By BBC News


image captionThe Daily Telegraph leads on Tory rebel anger at a tax rise to “pay for the effect of lockdown on the NHS”. The paper says Boris Johnson will make the “manifesto-breaking” announcement on Tuesday. An increase in National Insurance is expected to be used to generate more than £10bn for the NHS, the Telegraph says. It also reports that a “sausage war” has been avoided as the UK wins a Northern Ireland protocol concession.
image caption“Fiver a week to fix care crisis” is the headline on the Daily Mail, which says that is how much extra the typical worker will need to pay under the “manifesto-busting” rise. The paper says the move has sparked a furious backlash from within the Conservative party and warns the prime minister not to let the overwhelmed NHS “swallow it up”.
image captionMr Johnson will tell mutinous MPs they cannot expect the health system to “recover alone”, the Guardian says. It reports that MPs in former Labour “red wall” seats have complained the increase will hit workers while leaving pensioners untouched. The paper also says that talks between the UK and EU over the Northern Ireland protocol have reached a stalemate.
image captionThe Daily Express says the prime minister is “sticking to his guns” as it says he has come out fighting and vowed to not “duck” tough tax decisions.
image captionThe Daily Star takes a typically tongue-in-cheek approach as it offers a handy little politics guide. It asks how you can tell that the prime minister is telling “porkie pies” and then answers saying that his lips will be moving.
image captionThe i newspaper says there are plans for an October “firebreak”, which would see an extended half-term holiday and rules on masks, to tackle rising hospital cases from Covid. The paper says a senior government scientist told it the measure could be introduced next month and there have been warnings of an “extended peak” of infections.
image captionThe Times leads on Home Secretary Priti Patel threatening to withhold millions of pounds promised to the French to block migrant crossings after it says a record number of people were estimated to have landed on Monday. The paper reports that the home secretary is said to be furious at the low numbers of migrants being intercepted before they reach British waters since she agreed to pay £54m to France to help it double its patrols.
image captionThe Metro splashes on the case of an estate agent who has been awarded a £180,000 payout by a tribunal after her boss refused to let her leave work early to collect her baby from a nursery. The paper describes it as a “landmark” case.
image captionThe Financial Times says the financial watchdog is demanding more powers to tackle risky cryptocurrency ventures as it warns vulnerable people are at risk of jeopardising their financial futures. Charles Randell, chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority, says that action is needed to stop fraudulent or risky investments luring investors, including via social media influencers.
image captionThe Daily Mirror reports that every school could be required by law to have defibrillators after a campaign from a grieving father, Mark King, whose son Oliver, 12, died after a cardiac arrest at school.

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.

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image captionThe prime minister is due to set out his social care plan on Tuesday

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.

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image captionChess mania has led to a worldwide shortage of sets, fuelled by TV show the Queen’s Gambit

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.

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