News digest 10 December 2013

News digest 10 December 2013

10 December 2013

So five days on from the autumn statement and the results from the voters are in as the Guardian’s latest poll shows a slight advance for the Tories (Labour at 37 per cent sees a one per cent drop in its lead over the Tories on 32 per cent), but the biggest issue is that 70 per cent of people say they have seen no gain from the economic upturn, so much for a ‘responsible recovery’ instead it sounds like the ‘cost of living crisis’ is hitting home, with women mired in a ‘feel bad factor’ as pay rises (where they exist) generally remain below inflation.

And the cost of living crisis also features in the Mail which states that fresh produce could become a rare treat for poorer families as food prices are expected to rise faster than salaries until 2018. As households are squeezed they are shifting to less healthy, processed food and fresh meat and produce is seen as a treat.

And it does not end there, as the Express says the average house price is expected to soar to £271,000, the Mirror reports the housing crisis is forcing rents ever higher and calls for a new wave of housebuilding. The Morning Star adds to the misery piled on ordinary people by reporting that the rise in train fares in January will see some workers spending nearly 23 per cent of their salary on train fares. And if you get ill, many of the papers report that the NHS is facing ever greater strain with people waiting in ambulances outside A&Es, so much so that even the Express thinks the NHS is in peril, and also in peril is the universal credit, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is under pressure over all the delays to the universal credit, but perhaps it really is a cunning plan to make it such a mess that no one actually benefits when it finally rolls out.

And the digest ends with a piece in the Mirror calling for a proper debate on food poverty in parliament. Following the lead of the joint Unite, Trussell Trust and Mirror campaign to ‘Give our kids a Christmas’ the Mirror reports on #jackspetition which was formally handed in yesterday, 130,000 signed up to demand action to end food poverty and Labour leader Ed Miliband has called an opposition day debate on food poverty for 18 December. You can still sign #jackspetition, and for those that still have a bit of spare change don’t forget you can also donate to the Unite Christmas appeal...

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Miliband in bid to block 11 per cent pay rise (p2)
  • EADS job cuts (p40)
  • Shell out less on fuel bills (p40)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Miliband rejects rise (p4)
  • Whitehall must not hide its wasted millions – Rachel Sylvester [on IDS] (p23)
  • Royal Mail agrees nine per cent pay deal (p35)
  • Thousands of EADS jobs to go (p39)
  • Ryanair bows to passengers on baggage (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Carney eyes tools to control recovery (p1)
  • Miliband calls for talks on MPS pay (p2)
  • Peers attack Robin Hood tax on City (p2)
  • MoD seeks to rescue privatisation plan (p4)
  • Royal Mail in three year pay deal (p4)
  • EADS cuts 5,800 jobs (p23)

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