Newspaper headlines: NHS 'returns to 1950s' and tax bills to rise

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The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph both lead on a survey by the think tank, the Local Government Information Unit, suggesting millions of households are facing above-inflation rises in council tax.

Almost all of England's town halls are said to be planning to increase bills by up to 5% to pay for social care.

Many are also planning higher charges for parking, school meals and even burials and cremations.

According to the Mail, critics say councils could avoid the rises if they stopped hoarding cash and dipped into their huge reserves.

Others say they could employ fewer chief executives earning more than the prime minister.

There is a continued focus on problems besetting the health service.

The Daily Mirror uses a picture of a hospital ward in the 1950s to illustrate that NHS funding is growing at its lowest rate since records began in 1955.

"With the NHS collapsing around her ears, brazen Theresa May yesterday insisted the Tories have lavished record sums of cash on the service," the paper says.

However, it quotes figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies which the paper says "shatter" that claim.

And it says the IFS has warned that "a shocking funding crisis gripping the NHS" means it'll be unable to cope with a growing and ageing population.

The Guardian quotes a government health adviser, Patrick Carter, warning that hospitals are under such extreme pressure that they're "in a state of war".

The Times quotes Sir Robert Francis QC, who led the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire scandal, warning that the NHS faces an "existential crisis".

It's manifestly failing, he says, and he dismisses plans for savings as "unrealistic".


Several papers report that doctors will not have to reveal their income from private work, after a U-turn by health chiefs.

A revolt by doctors is said to have forced NHS England to abandon plans to make them publish their outside earnings.

Instead, they'll be expected to publish on NHS websites how much time they spend on private work.

"What are they hiding?" asks the Daily Mail.


The Times castigates Wikipedia's volunteer editors in the UK for deciding that the Daily Mail can no longer be cited as a reliable source.

It suggests there's been an extension of the phrase "fake news" to cover publications that people merely dislike.

The paper also rejects Jeremy Corbyn's claim that reports suggesting he's close to stepping down as Labour leader are "fake news".

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It says he's a liability for his party - and that colleagues are appalled by what it calls his ineptitude.

A cartoon in the Telegraph likens the plight of Mr Corbyn to the misfortune of an Australian man who was trapped in a muddy ditch for six hours and survived by just about keeping his nose above the murky water.

The photograph is published in a number of the papers.


The Daily Express says migrants were caught trying to enter Britain illegally at the rate of 200 a day in the run-up to the Brexit referendum.

Figures apparently show that 24,800 people were stopped in the first six months of last year.

But as the historic vote on 23 June approached, the paper says, the rate of detection increased - with 5,900 being caught in June.

The Express says the scale of illegal immigration through northern France can be revealed for the first time after the paper won a long battle with the Home Office to publish the figures.


Several papers feature a former maths student from the University of Liverpool who is believed to be the first British woman to join the fight against so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Kimberley Taylor, who is 27, travelled to the war zone without telling her family in Merseyside after becoming shocked by the plight of refugees.

She is quoted saying: "I'm prepared to give my life for this."

The Mail says women fighters are greatly feared by the jihadis who believe it's a disgrace to be killed by a woman in battle, prohibiting them from entering paradise.

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Finally, there is more bad news for healthy eaters already struggling to find iceberg lettuces and courgettes.

The Times warns that Britons will soon have to be a little less generous drizzling their olive oil.

Apparently erratic weather in the Mediterranean has sent wholesale prices soaring.

Italian olive groves have been particularly badly hit because fruit flies have been attracted by the humid weather, while a heatwave in Greece last spring is said to have cut the supply there by a quarter.