Newspaper headlines: Motor ‘rip-offs’ over insurance and rental – BBC News

Telegraph front page

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The Daily Telegraph says it has established that every driver in Britain is being overcharged for motor cover because insurers are using secret deals to grossly inflate repair bills. The paper claims that repair costs are routinely inflated by as much as 100% in those accidents where a client is deemed to be not at fault and costs are paid by the other driver’s insurer. The paper claims the insurers then receive kickbacks from their favoured repair companies.

Mail front page

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A Daily Mail investigation claims that British tourists are being billed hundreds of pounds for bogus repairs on hire cars. Several firms, says the Mail, admit to not fixing dents and scratches they charge for but they claim they accept a lower resale value when they get rid of the vehicle.

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The Daily Express says it has emerged that workers cashing in their pension pots early are being overtaxed to the tune of millions of pounds. Tax inspectors have admitted to having to repay more than £26m in the past three months in an “outrageous” blunder, says the Express.

Times front page

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The Times says Philip Hammond has said that the UK will not slash taxes and regulations after Brexit to undercut European rivals. “In a marked softening of tone,” continues the paper’s front page report, “the chancellor said that Britain’s social, economic and cultural model would remain ‘recognisably European’ after it left the EU.”

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The Guardian says senior Conservative MPs are urging members of Theresa May’s cabinet to stop publicly setting out their demands for a transitional deal on Brexit, saying the move could make negotiations with the EU more difficult. The paper says: “The warnings from Leave campaigners come as ministers prepare to clash over issues of immigration and trade in a series of key meetings this autumn.”

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A health story makes the lead for the i newspaper, which talks of a “mental healthcare revolution”. It says 21,000 new NHS jobs will be announced by the health secretary in a plan to treat an extra one million people a year by 2021 but nurses fear that too little funding and a lack of staff training will make mental health transformation impossible.

Sun front page

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The Sun leads on Channel 4’s documentary on Diana, Princess of Wales, saying that TV bosses have been blasted over plans to screen “tawdry” tapes of her talking about her doomed marriage.

Mirror front page

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On the same story, the Daily Mirror says friends fear plans to screen footage of Diana at her most vulnerable will bring fresh heartache for Prince William and Prince Harry.

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The Metro says President Vladimir Putin plunged into a new Cold War with the US as he ordered 755 of the country’s diplomats to leave Russia.

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The Financial Times reports that, according to two people briefed on the situation, Japan’s biggest bank, MUFG, plans to choose Amsterdam as the new European base for its investment banking operations to cope with the disruption of Brexit.

The government’s plans to recruit thousands more mental health workers are widely reported.

The i newspaper says the plans have been welcomed by mental health charities.

But it highlights fears by nurses that the plan is virtually impossible to achieve because there is too little cash and too little time to train specialists after years of neglect.

The Times says there will inevitably be questions about the feasibility of the expansion.

But it believes the pledge is a welcome declaration of intent.

The paper says there is an urgent need for proven treatments to be more widely known, and universally provided.

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The Daily Telegraph says there is a growing cabinet row over Brexit.

It reports that Boris Johnson and Liam Fox appear to have been kept in the dark about an announcement that EU citizens will be allowed to come to the UK during a transition period of up to three years.

The Guardian says cabinet divisions have been laid bare.

The Daily Mail urges minister to pull themselves together, saying puerile internal bickering plays badly with the public.

Theresa May, it says, must take the opportunity to bang heads together – hard.

The Daily Telegraph has been investigating motor insurance – and concludes that every driver in Britain is being overcharged.

The paper accuses some insurers of using secret deals to inflate repair bills by up to 100% – by ripping off rival firms, representing drivers who are responsible for accidents.

The paper claims that companies have received undisclosed kickbacks.

The Telegraph adds that the insurers say the practice is legal.

But the paper believes it has created a hidden layer of cost that could be as much as £750m – equivalent to about 5% of total annual insurance premiums.

The Financial Times leads with plans by Japan’s biggest bank, MUFG, is planning to move its investment arm from London to Amsterdam to cope with the disruption of Brexit.

The paper speaks of fierce competition among European cities, vying to snap up London’s financial services companies.

The Sun reports that smugglers are using light aircraft to fly illegal immigrants to secluded airfields in south-east England.

The paper says three planes have been stopped so far this year – but officials believe hundreds of migrants are lined up for flights on overcrowded planes at £900 a time.

The paper says the airfields often have no protection from overstretched border officials.

Many papers recall the horrors of Passchendaele, as ceremonies take place to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the World War One battle.

The Daily Mirror says the muddy bloodbath in Belgium was Hell on Earth.

The dignified commemorations, it says, make it less likely we forget the suffering and eternal debt owed to those who never grew old.

The Times says poppies cascaded down from the roof of Menin Gate like blood-red snow in the late evening – a beautiful and poetic image for a battle without beauty or poetry.

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