Several papers continue with their coverage of the fuel crisis, with many reporting that the Army could be used to deliver fuel to petrol stations. The Guardian says that hundreds of soldiers could be called upon following panic buying across the country. BP has said that a third of its stations had run out of the main two grades of fuel, the paper adds. There are concerns that the UK could be headed to a “winter of discontent”, with shelves possibly being empty, the paper says.
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.