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Newspaper headlines: Johnson 'faces Covid revolt', and Charles' warning

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image captionChancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the new Job Support Scheme earlier this week

A mix of stories feature on the front pages of Sunday's newspapers.

The Sunday Telegraph leads on a message from Prince Charles, who has written in the paper that a million young people could need "urgent help" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Today's "vast challenges" remind him of the 1970s, he writes, when youth unemployment was "one of the pressing issues of the time".

The future king says it is a "difficult time to be young", before adding that it is those who have lived through "the toughest experiences" who ultimately have the most to offer back to society.

Labour's shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, has the spectre of the 1980s in mind - as she tells the Observer that the government's new job support scheme "harks back to the worst of Thatcher".

She says the measures announced this week by her opposite number, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, fail to actually save low-paid people's jobs - and will make it cheaper for employers to lay off one person, rather than to bring two back part-time.

"Honours joy for NHS heroes" reads the front of the Sunday Express, which reports hundreds of doctors, nurses, fundraisers and volunteers will be recognised in the delayed Queen's birthday honours list next month.

The Sunday People has the front-page headline: "Scandal of the 500,000 Long-Covid Victims".

People with crippling long-term symptoms of the virus may be the latest victims of "government bungling", the paper says.

It speaks to a 28-year-old nurse, Sophie Evans, who complains that specialist clinics promised by the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, have yet to materialise - and she "doesn't know how she's not dead".

The government has said an upcoming "Covid-19 online rehab service" will ensure that all people can get any care they need.

Brexit trade talks

Other titles offer a chink of light in the Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union.

The Sunday Times reports the two sides are preparing to enter "final-stage" talks this week - with both now giving ground to avoid what it calls a "Covid no-deal double hit".

The Sun on Sunday says insiders claim Brussels has made concessions on the vexed issue of access to British fisheries.

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image captionThe Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December

The Mail on Sunday says chef Jamie Oliver and fitness guru Joe Wicks have joined forces to declare what the headline calls "a war on toxic US food".

They are among the signatories of a letter urging the government to block sub-standard foods from flooding into the UK after Brexit.

They warn Boris Johnson progress made as a result of his obesity and health strategy could be "wiped out".

Writing in the paper, the former Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, makes the case for beefing up powers set to be granted to the government's new trade and agriculture commission.

"Reliable broadband? Certainly, sir. That'll be £500,000" is a headline in the Sunday Times, which reports on several six-figure quotations by the company to upgrade services in rural areas.

"All David Roberts wanted was a service fast enough for making uninterrupted video calls to his family, and to watch All Creatures Great and Small without the picture constantly freezing," it says.

But Mr Roberts, who lives in a hamlet near Cockermouth in Cumbria, was told this would cost him almost £503,000.

BT is now under a "universal service obligation" to provide a basic service to all British homeowners - but the paper reports the telecoms giant has decided to average out that assistance "against local groups of properties to minimise costs".