What the papers say - January 31

A "backlash" over the BBC's pay review, a "dramatic" warning over a crackdown on speeding and a plea over social care funding top the news agenda on Wednesday.

The Guardian leads on the report into on-air pay at the BBC, saying claims there was "no evidence" of gender bias in pay decisions sparked an "angry backlash" from women at the corporation.

The paper reports that the BBC Women campaign group dismissed the report and said it had not properly tackled the issue of equal pay.

The Metro runs with the headline: "The 'Farce' & The Furious", and says women at the corporation reacted with "anger and disbelief" at the report.

The Times reports that the review will give men more salary rises than women, saying the "fair and transparent" framework announced on Tuesday will benefit a larger number of men.

It says 98 male presenters and 90 female presenters are entitled to a rise because their salaries are below the new pay ranges for their roles.

The lead story reports that property developers are set to lose planning permission on unused land if they fail to hit construction targets under moves to kickstart housebuilding.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail carries an interview with Britain's road policing chief, who said drivers should be convicted of speeding even if they are just 1mph over the limit.

The paper says Chief Constable Anthony Bangham believes the days of the 'soft' treatment of offenders must come to an end.

Health matters are the focus of the i front page, which reports that 90 charities and care organisations have written a joint letter calling on the Government to step in and stop the collapse of social care services.

The Daily Mirror also leads on a health story, saying a major report has revealed that thousands of cancer patients are dying early because of a lack of funding.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph reports that Government's former chief scientist has accused German car-makers of having "blood on their hands" after rigging diesel exhaust tests, while the Sun claims the "stretched" Royal Navy sent a "puny plastic boat" to intercept two Russian attack submarines.

The Financial Times reports that health groups suffered due to Amazon's plans to enter the US healthcare industry by teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, and the Daily Express says a Whitehall leak claiming Britain will be worse off outside the EU was slapped down by a minister as a "plot to wreck Brexit".

The Daily Star features a photo of David Beckham in Miami on its front page.

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