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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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