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Newspaper review: Papers look to chancellor's statement

  • 21 November 2011
  • From the section UK

With little more than a week to go until the chancellor's autumn statement, many newspapers focus on the government's plans for growth.

The Daily Telegraph and the Independent both give prominence to the coalition's plans to underwrite mortgages for first-time buyers of new homes.

The Telegraph says David Cameron and Nick Clegg will argue a "radical and unashamedly ambitious strategy is needed".

The Independent points out it is the taxpayer who carries the risk if housing prices fall.

Toll lanes

According to the Daily Mail, ministers are considering proposals for private firms to build express toll lanes alongside busy motorways.

Drivers using the lanes would be billed per journey.

A group of leading economists have written to the Financial Times calling for a "complete rethink" of the government's plans on immigration.

They say proposals to limit the maximum stay to five years could affect Britain's competitiveness.

Pensions strikes

Under the headline "Union chiefs strike gold," The Sun is highly critical of 24 union leaders planning public sector strikes on 30 November over pensions.

It says the union bosses earn an average of £108,000 in pay and benefits and are out of touch with the workers.

The Guardian says the governments of the world's richest countries have given up on implementing a climate change treaty this decade.

It says any deal is unlikely to be agreed before 2016 and would not come into force before 2020.

The Times looks ahead to the festive season and says there are fears of a Christmas tree shortage.

Supplies from Denmark and Norway have been hit by a combination of frost and fungi damage, not to mention unfavourable currency exchange rates, it says.

Growers say the mild autumn here is likely to result in home-produced trees shedding their needles quicker.

Finally the Daily Star accuses X Factor star Misha B of faking tears to ensure she was not voted off the show.

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