The front pages are clear about the scale of the chancellor’s task.
The Financial Times says he’ll attempt to “stave off” an “unemployment disaster” which is threatening to “erupt in the autumn”.
And what he particularly fears – according to the Guardian – is a 1980s-style increase in joblessness among the under-25s.
The Daily Mirror welcomes the promise of extra support for young people but calls for an “ambitious rescue package”, warning the country stands on the brink of a “devastating recession”.
The Daily Telegraph focuses on another measure: the emergency stamp duty holiday for the first £500,000 of any property purchase. It says it’ll come into force immediately.
The Sun examines which towns outside London could make the biggest savings, predicting places such as Dorking, Lymington and Sunbury-on-Thames in south-east England could do well. Only two areas in the north of England feature on its list.
The Yorkshire Post says the region is ripe for investment after decades of neglect, and Mr Sunak needs to deliver on the government’s promises.
The i newspaper has some bad new for NHS workers in England. It warns they’ll soon have to pay to park again at hospitals, after the charges were suspended for the Covid-19 crisis.
That’s prompted a backlash from trade unions. They argue the virus problem is far from over and claim staff are being punished for going to work to save lives.
The paper says the government wouldn’t give a date for the reintroduction of the fees but promised to provide further updates in due course.
Buckingham Palace isn’t exempt from job losses because of the Covid 19 crisis, according to the Daily Telegraph.
It says it’s seen an internal memo warning the Royal Collection Trust, which is reliant on visitors to the palace for income, has lost £64m because of the pandemic.
The memo says that numbers are likely to be reduced for several years, with one palace source telling the paper they fear this is an opening salvo for further cuts.
“Generation of women betrayed” is how the Daily Mail headlines its coverage of the three avoidable health scandals covered by an official review. In its editorial it calls the NHS “institutionally defensive”.
The Guardian paints a similar picture of the medical establishment, claiming it failed to acknowledge problems even in the face of mounting safety concerns.
The Independent thinks the UK has failed to learn the lessons of thalidomide – the drug which caused thousands of birth defects in the 1960s – and says the fact we’re in this position in 2020 is “unacceptable”.
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The papers also report on how a shopkeeper’s attempt to test whether police would enforce a local ban on drinking in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire has backfired.
The Times says Alex Snowball, who is teetotal, filled a can with carrot juice but was given an on-the-spot fine of £60 after he refused to tell police what was inside.
The case escalated into a High Court battle and a judge has now ruled that the police “reasonably believed” the can contained lager, leaving the shopkeeper owing thousands of pounds in legal fees.