Newspaper headlines: ‘Tax cut’ confusion and a ‘welfare revolt’

Image caption The i paper says the government is facing a “revolt” from its own MPs over its flagship benefits reform programme, universal credit. Cabinet minister Esther McVey said some claimants would be worse off under the new scheme, which led former Prime Minister Sir John Major to warn of a public backlash not seen since the poll tax riots of 1990.
Image caption While some benefits claimants might lose out under universal credit, “millions” of “hard-working households” could benefit from an income tax cut, according to the Daily Express. Writing in the paper, Chancellor Philip Hammond said keeping taxes low would be a “priority” for the next Budget.
Image caption Contrary to the Daily Express, the Daily Telegraph says plans for an income tax cut have been scrapped by Mr Hammond in order to “pay for a climbdown on universal credit”. Ahead of Friday’s wedding between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, the cartoon on the front page complains royal weddings are now “more frequent than bin collections”.
Image caption Continuing with the theme of universal credit, the Times reports charities and companies have been banned from criticising Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey. The paper says “at least 22 organisations” have been required to sign “gagging clauses” as part of their involvement in programmes associated with universal credit.
Image caption Friday’s royal wedding dominates the front page of the Sun, which says Princess Eugenie will “wear her childhood surgery scars with pride”. The princess had spinal surgery aged 12 to correct her scoliosis.
Image caption The prime minister is facing “uproar” over her plans to give judges a pay rise of almost £60,000-a-year, according to the Daily Mail. At a time when the population is watching “every penny”, the paper asks: “Where is the justice in that?”
Image caption The Metro leads on the transgender prisoner jailed for life for abusing two women at a female prison. Karen White – born Christopher Wood – was described as a “predator” and a danger to women and children.
Image caption The transgender prisoner story also features on the front page of the Guardian, which reports the Ministry of Justice has apologised for moving White to a female prison. Also on the front page of the paper is a story suggesting the M26 motorway in Kent is undergoing night-time closures in readiness for “turning it into a potential lorry park” to deal with the “possible impact of a no-deal Brexit”.
Image caption Global stock markets are heading for their “worst week in six months”, reports the Financial Times. The paper says Asia has been particularly badly hit this week after rising interest rates spooked investors around the world, with worse still to come.
Image caption “The Mild West” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Star. The paper complains that “snowflake students” are “in a war on fancy dress fun”. The report explains that, at Kent University, students have banned “offensive” outfits such as “native American clothes and priest and nun clobber”.

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