What the papers say – October 23

The Government’s newest coronavirus aid package and Marcus Rashford’s school meals campaign feature prominently on the nation’s front pages.

The Daily Express reports on a “show of strength” from Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak as the pair pledged billions of pounds to save the UK economy.

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The Daily Telegraph also splashes on the £13 billion allocated to “keep businesses alive”, while the Financial Times calls it £11 billion worth of “extra support”.

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The Guardian leads on the same story, saying the Chancellor has been “forced to dig deeper” because of anger at the level of support on offer for disadvantaged workers.

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The Times, meanwhile, says organised criminals have syphoned off up to £2 billion of taxpayers’ money intended for furloughed workers.

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In other pandemic angles, Metro says Britain’s Test and Trace programme has gone “down the pan” due to problems including the slow delivery of results.

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The i also says the Test and Trace system “can’t cope”.

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And the Daily Mail leads on a new report which says ordering people to stay home “barely reduces Covid infection rates”.

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Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror leads on footballer and school meals campaigner Marcus Rashford visiting a foodbank with his mother.

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The Daily Star echoes that theme, reporting on “hypocritical” MPs who have steak on their subsidised parliamentary menus yet rejected the Rashford-led campaign on extending free school meals through coming holidays.

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And The Independent says Britain is betraying vulnerable children who cross the Channel to enter the country by sending under-18s to adult detention centres.

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