What the papers say – August 31

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Concerns over tax moves to cover the costs of the Government’s response to the Covid crisis dominate the Monday papers.

The Daily Express and the i say there is uproar over cuts to pension tax relief to help cover Covid-related costs to the Government.

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The Guardian says those costs to the Government have sparked a “budget crisis” in schools.

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And The Daily Telegraph also leads on the tax story, saying MPs and business leaders have warned tax increases could “choke off” the UK’s coronavirus recovery.

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Meanwhile, The Times says a Government push to have people return to work appears to be stalling, according to latest data.

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The Daily Mirror reports on the return of nine million pupils to schools, calling it “the biggest test yet” in Britain’s recovery from the coronavirus.

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And The Independent carries a warning from scientists on a “rising risk” of animal viruses infecting humans.

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Elsewhere, the Daily Mail splashes on its own campaign against plastic bags.

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The sale of TikTok in the US has been put at risk after China tightened controls on technology exports, according to the Financial Times.

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And the Daily Star reports on the coldest bank holiday for decades.

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