Concerns over rising gas prices dominate Tuesday’s front pages. The Guardian says No 10 has warned that hundreds of thousands of Britons face a “very, very difficult” winter with increasing household costs. The paper says energy firms fear the price shock could trigger a three-day week for factories and leave gaps on supermarket shelves.
Rishi Sunak has been accused of creating a “smoke and mirrors” budget by Labour after the chancellor conceded just 20% of his biggest single spending commitment was made up of new money, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian carries a warning from trade union leaders that the government risks “another winter of chaos” if it does not implement COVID restrictions like mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport.