What the papers say – April 2
Crime, poverty and health service spending make headlines on Easter Monday.
The end of the line for Britain’s chief prosecutor, warnings over inequality and criticism of how money is spent on the NHS lead the papers.
The head of the Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders, is standing down after the Government declined to extend her contract following a number of controversies, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Meanwhile a series of flawed sex crime inquiries has led Britain’s biggest police force to change its policy of automatically believing victims, The Times reports.
Tomorrow's Times front page: Police ditch practice of believing all victims pic.twitter.com/jCP8XxDdvr— The Times of London (@thetimes) April 1, 2018
The Guardian leads on warnings from teachers of a growing extreme child poverty crisis, with schools in the most deprived areas having to offer basic services like washing uniforms and even buying shoes and coats for pupils in winter.
Guardian front page, Monday 2 April 2018: Teachers warn of growing poverty crisis pic.twitter.com/otX2QJI47P— The Guardian (@guardian) April 1, 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to find a new head of an equality watchdog has prompted accusations of hypocrisy over her pledge to fight poverty, The Independent reports.
A helicopter lesson, go-karting, stays in five-star hotels and purchases in bars and restaurants are among charges made to taxpayer-funded credit cards given to NHS bosses, according to an investigation by the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile the Daily Express reports that Britain paid almost £565 million more for its citizens to receive treatment in Europe last year than the UK recouped to care for EU nationals on the NHS.
Seven lives were saved by organs donated by boxer Scott Westgarth, who died after winning a fight in February, the Daily Mirror reports.
Brussels has ordered a crackdown on social media companies accused of allowing the spread of fake news, the Financial Times reports, amid concerns of attempts to influence next year’s European Parliament elections.
Meanwhile the i leads with Labour’s pledge to kick out members who are racist on Facebook as the party grapples with the row over anti-Semitism.
And Declan Donnelly praised the Saturday Night Takeaway audience for their support in an emotional speech after filming, The Sun reports.
Tomorrow's front page: 'Brave Declan Donnelly broke down in tears after hosting Saturday Night Takeaway for the first time without best pal Ant McPartlin.' pic.twitter.com/INXygzPeE0— The Sun (@TheSun) April 1, 2018