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Wednesday’s front pages


times-wed-may-14.jpgThe papers are nearly all agreed that Chancellor Alistair Darling’s 2.7 billion pound fix for the 10p tax row is the day’s main story.

Darling seeks end to 10p tax backlash” reports the Financial Times, noting that the move will still leave 1.1 million poorer households worse off following the abolition of the lowest tax band in last year’s budget.

For the Daily Mail the tax giveaway is a “2.7 billion pound gamble” to appease fury on the Labour backbenches over the scrapping of the 10p starting rate.

But the papers also find room for other stories: Drivers face a 185 pound tax to park at work, says the Daily Telegraph of a government push to cut traffic congestion. The paper reports that Nottingham city council will be the first to introduce the “workplace parking levy as an alternative to road pricing.

“Open season” on the motorist?


parking2.jpgDrivers are about to start receiving parking tickets through the post after being caught by CCTV cameras.

The change is one of a series of new parking rules starting in April which add cameras to the traditional wardens on the front line of parking enforcement and also give councils the power to levy fines on a sliding scale depending on how seriously they view an infringement.