– Newspaper headlines: ‘End of EU migration’ and pension woes

February 27, 2017

Daily Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph reports that Theresa May will start a curb on new EU migrants within weeks. The paper says the PM will announce the end of free movement for new people entering the UK on the same day that she formally launches Brexit negotiations next month.

The Times

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When Mrs May does begin the process of exiting the EU, she could be facing another referendum north of the border, reports the Times. Senior government sources have told the paper there is serious concern that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will use the triggering of Article 50 in March to call for a second independence referendum in Scotland.

Daily Express

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Millions of people will have to work into their 80s because they are not saving enough for their retirement, according to the Daily Express. The paper reports a warning from former pensions minister Sir Stephen Webb that four million people are only saving the government minimum as part of their employee pension scheme.

The Guardian

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The Guardian leads with an exclusive report accusing the NHS of “covering up” the loss of more than 500,000 confidential medical correspondence, including test results and treatment plans. The paper says the data being sent between GPs and hospitals went undelivered over the five years between 2011 and 2016.

Daily Mail

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A Daily Mail investigation claims enforcement officers who collect the BBC licence fee are part of an “aggressive incentive scheme” to catch 28 people every week. The BBC said it was “disappointed” with Capita’s interviewers, who are in charge of the enforcers, but Capita said it “strongly refuted” allegations that its officers were told to act unprofessionally.

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The Daily Mirror is using its front page to attack what it calls “brutal Tory cuts” to the education system. The paper claims funding per pupil will fall 6.5% by 2020 and it reports that the Institute for Fiscal Studies is saying they are the worst cuts for 20 years.

The Sun

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The Sun reports on the return to the UK of convicted murderer Dempsey Hawkins. He spent 38 years in a New York jail for strangling a teenage girl. But now he has apparently been deported back to the UK, as he was born in London.

The i

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The i leads with Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Scottish Labour conference on Sunday, where he urged colleagues “not to give up”. The Labour leader, who has been under pressure since his party lost the Copeland by-election last week, has insisted he will lead them into the next general election in 2020, but said he took his “share of responsibility” for the defeat.

Daily Star

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The return of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway to ITV takes over the front of the Daily Star, celebrating their new co-host Scarlett Moffatt. The winner of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! joined the Geordie duo helping them to break a 12-year ratings record for ITV.

Financial Times

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Finally, the Financial Times reports on tensions between the US banking sector and President Donald Trump. The paper says the industry employs 120,000 low-cost staff in Asia, which goes against the presidency’s pledge to bring more jobs back to the country.

Monday’s papers continue the Brexit debate as the prime minister’s deadline to trigger Article 50 draws closer.

The Daily Mail understands that, from next month, EU migrants moving to the UK won’t be entitled to stay here permanently.

The paper reports that Theresa May is planning the cut-off date to be at the point when she formalises the start of the process to leave.

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The future of EU migrants in the UK after Brexit is still uncertain.

The Daily Telegraph says that at the same time Mrs May wants a “quick deal” with Brussels which protects the rights of citizens from EU countries already here – so long as British nationals elsewhere in Europe have the same assurance.

Downing Street describes the Telegraph’s report as “speculation”.

The Times reports that the PM is also preparing for a “demand” from the Scottish Government for a second independence referendum in the autumn of next year. According to the paper, that call will also be made next month.

The Times says Mrs May could reject the demand, but such a move would risk causing a constitutional crisis.

The paper’s leader takes the view that plans for a fresh ballot are a breach of good faith as the answer was “no” barely three years ago.

Data ‘blunder’

The Guardian’s front page is a claim that between 2011 and last year, the NHS lost 500,000 pieces of confidential information sent between GPs and hospitals.

The paper describes this as one of the biggest losses of sensitive clinical information in the 69-year history of the health service.

The doctors union, the British Medical Association, tells the Guardian that some patients may have had the diagnosis of their illness delayed by the “blunder”.

The paper reports that millions of pounds is being paid to doctors to assess the scale of the medical impact.

NHS England says wherever possible, old correspondence has now been delivered. The Department of Health has declined to comment.

The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, condemns government spending on schools on its front page.

The paper has given its reaction to a report by the economic think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies – or IFS – which says that schools in England are facing their first real-terms funding cut in 20 years.

The Mirror describes this as a “betrayal of our children” and blames what it says are “brutal” Conservative spending cuts.

The Department for Education says school funding is now at its highest level on record and that – as the IFS shows – per-pupil spending by 2020 will be at least 70% higher in real terms than it was in 1990.

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Marine Le Pen is running for the French presidency.

The Financial Times has an article on the role of social media in the French presidential election, which the paper says is helping the far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, fight for victory in May.

The FT describes the National Front’s online unit as “dedicated and powerful” with an aggressive social media operation that’s the most powerful in French politics.

Ms Le Pen’s opponents are attacked with online videos and images that generate tens of thousands of Facebook likes and retweets.

The FT says the French election battlefield has shifted from rowdy town halls and cobbled village squares to Facebook, You Tube and Twitter – as was the case with Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

Finally, the Times says on its front page that plans are being discussed to scrap the use-by date on milk containers which could save more than 100 million pints a year.

Instead, there would be a best-before label, with households being encouraged to smell milk in order to judge if it is still drinkable.

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