Newspaper headlines: Benefit credit call and energy prices cap

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The Daily Telegraph says the government’s welfare reforms have been thrown into jeopardy after 12 Conservative MPs wrote a private letter to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke demanding a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit. The overhaul of benefits has been planned by the Conservatives since 2010 but has been beset by delays and cabinet rows over its funding, the Telegraph explains.

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The Times reports that wood burning is set to be banned in some urban areas to reduce air pollution under proposed restrictions that would be the strongest in Europe. The paper says London Mayor Sadiq Khan is seeking powers to prohibit all burning of wood in parts of the capital with poor air quality and wants tighter curbs on wood-burning stoves.

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Meanwhile, the i says dozens of Conservatives have joined opposition MPs to sign a letter demanding that Theresa May honours the energy price cap manifesto pledge. The government said it was prepared to act after the Big Six firms hiked prices, the i adds.

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The Guardian claims that the largest supplier of chicken to UK supermarkets has been tampering with food safety records in moves that could dupe consumers into buying meat past its use-by date. The company, 2 Sisters Food Group in West Bromwich, tells the paper it “ensures all staff are fully trained on hygiene and safety matters, and enforces a number of policies to ensure compliance with all regulations”.

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The Daily Mail says a damning report has revealed that thousands of women are dying unnecessarily of breast cancer because of a “dereliction of duty” by ministers. “A leading health charity says progress on tackling breast cancer in the UK has ‘stalled’ – with NHS red tape meaning patients are missing out on rapid advances in medical science,” the Mail continues.

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The Daily Express says the parents of missing Madeleine McCann have received a massive boost in the hunt for their daughter after police were handed £154,000 to continue their investigation into her disappearance.

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The Daily Mirror says police have been given another six months to hunt for Madeleine – but the probe could be axed if they fail to come up with fresh leads.

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The Metro says a survey commissioned by alcohol charity Drinkaware suggests that a worrying 72% of 18 to 24-year-olds have witnessed sexual harassment in pubs and clubs, and 79% of young women see it as “part and parcel” of nights out.

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The Sun leads on England cricketer Ben Stokes who remains under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. The paper says videos have emerged of him mocking TV personality Katie Price’s autistic son Harvey.

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The Daily Star goes with the same story, saying Stokes was caught in a new row.

Two separate revolts by Conservative MPs make the lead for the Daily Telegraph and the i.

The i reports on the news that dozens of Conservatives have joined opposition MPs in signing a letter demanding that the prime minister honour her manifesto pledge to cap energy prices.

And the Telegraph says 12 Tory MPs have written to the work and pensions secretary demanding a pause in the roll-out of universal credit – which combines six different benefits into a single payment.

According to the paper, the MPs are concerned that claimants lose out when they switch from their existing benefit because there is a six-week delay as they change over.

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The Daily Mail focuses on a report that says thousands of women are dying unnecessarily of breast cancer because of a “dereliction of duty” by ministers.

According to the paper, the Breast Cancer Now charity says progress on tackling the disease in the UK has “stalled” because women are missing out on the latest treatments due to the rigid and bureaucratic NHS drugs rationing system.

NHS England tells the paper that as well as upgrading modern radiotherapy equipment and ensuring faster access to the most promising new cancer drugs, the health service is investing £200m over the next two years in faster diagnosis and modern treatment.

The exclusion of cricketer Ben Stokes from selection for international fixtures until further notice leads to lively debate in British and in the Australian papers.

The Sun says there are suitable punishments for the England vice-captain after his arrest following a fracas in Bristol earlier this week – but leaving him out of the Ashes, and robbing the national team of his talent, is not one.

The Sydney Morning Herald says Australians want to see Stokes too, but this is not about entertainment, it is about the law.

Nor is it a situation of England’s making, but entirely of his own, the paper goes on.

He has left the the England cricket authorities with little choice and ample pain, it adds.

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The Independent says the European Parliament is to call for Northern Ireland to stay in the single market and customs union in order to protect the “integrity” of the EU’s borders.

According to the website, a report by MEPs has concluded that it is the best solution to the problem of ensuring there is no border in Ireland.

It would mean continued free movement on the island of Ireland, with customs checks instead taking place at ports on the Irish Sea for visitors travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Department for Brexit tells the website the draft report was issued before the end of this week’s negotiations – and does not take into account the further progress made on the issue.

Finally, how long do you spend washing your hands after going to the toilet or touching pet, or before eating?

According to the Mail, experts say the answer should be 20 seconds – long enough to sing Happy Birthday twice.

The Sun says a survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which is issuing the advice, found that 84% of people do not wash their hands for long enough.


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