Newspaper review: Mortgage scheme makes front pages

Sunday newspapers

David Cameron's decision to bring forward the second part of the government's Help to Buy scheme makes a number of the front pages.

The prime minister tells the Sunday Telegraph he wants to tackle the "broken" property market immediately.

The paper says the Conservative leader uses the interview to stake his personal authority on the scheme's success.

In an editorial, the paper argues that Britain's housing problem is one of supply rather than demand and a policy of assisting buyers threatens to increase demand and therefore prices.

The Sunday Times wonders whether the construction industry is ready for the scheme's introduction and it too highlights fears the policy could create a dangerous housing bubble.

With that in mind, Mr Cameron tells the Sun on Sunday that one measure the government could take would be to limit the scheme to more depressed regions of England.

According to the Independent on Sunday, wealthy Conservative donors are deserting David Cameron for the UK Independence Party.

In what it says is an exclusive report, the paper claims 14 major Tory supporters have switched parties since the election in 2010 donating nearly half-a-million pounds to UKIP.

Fresh commitment

The Observer carries a warning from Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin about the high-speed rail link.

In an interview, Mr McLoughlin says abandoning the project would be a "disaster".

Speaking on the eve of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, he says the Tories will make a fresh commitment to the project in its manifesto for the next election.

But he also acknowledges it will be more difficult to press ahead with HS2 without the support of Labour.

The Independent on Sunday devotes its editorial to the new dialogue between the US and Iran.

The paper argues it was not the threat of military action that brought Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani to the phone but rather the effect of sanctions and President Obama's hand extended in friendship.

It says the US leader has a great prize in sight - rapprochement with Iran could be as important as Richard Nixon's visit to China 41 years ago.

Wrinkle pill

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling sets out why the Conservatives will scrap what he calls "simple cautions" for all serious, violent offences.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he says issuing no more than a slap on the wrist for a serious offence such as carrying a knife sends out completely the wrong message.

He insists there will also be no more cautions for rape, robbery, and possession of a firearm.

Finally, there is good news for those of a vain nature.

According to the Sunday Times, scientists have for the first time produced a pill that is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles.

It says tests in Germany found the oral supplement, containing plant compounds and vitamins, could reduce crow's feet wrinkles by 10%.

The paper believes it could finally offer an alternative to Botox and the millions of pounds being spent on face creams by people trying to stave off the ravages of old age.

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