Several papers lead with Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s upcoming Budget announcement on Wednesday. The Observer says the chancellor plans to offer 700,000 shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses grants of up to £18,000 as part of a £5bn scheme to prevent mass bankruptcies. The paper says that the move reflects a “growing panic” in Downing Street that many high street firms could collapse. Meanwhile, paediatricians and psychologists have warned a surge in child mental health cases could emerge when schools reopen in England next month.
The government has been scrambling to reassure Britons that rising gas prices would not plunge the country into an energy crisis, as ministers held a series of emergency meetings with energy companies and regulators, The Observer writes.
Plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds across the UK are set to be announced by the government – and a mass inoculation programme will begin in schools within two weeks, The Observer reports.