The Papers: NHS budget warning and Hunt 'to keep fuel tax cut'

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A variety of stories lead Tuesday's papers. The i says there are tensions between Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt over what measures to include in Wednesday's Budget. The paper says the prime minister wants the Budget to boost the Tories' election prospects and has been taking a "close interest" in it, but that the chancellor has said he won't risk economic growth for short-term political gain. It adds that the Treasury is still "struggling to find the money to pay for major tax cuts".

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The Financial Times reports that Mr Hunt is expected to extend a fuel duty cut of 5p a litre for another year and scrap an inflation-linked rise, describing the move as a "£5bn pre-election tax break". It notes that the cut was in theory temporary but that fuel duty has not increased since 2011.

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The Guardian reports that analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an influential think tank, has found that real-terms health spending in England is set to fall by 1.2% - equivalent to £2bn - in the next financial year. The paper says the NHS faces its biggest cuts since the 1970s as a result and that, without a government rethink, it will have to cut staffing, pay rates or services, or all three. It adds that the chancellor is facing "growing pressure" to prioritise public spending over tax cuts.

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Conservatives are divided over a new definition of extremism set to be introduced as part of efforts to tackle Islamist and far-right extremism, according to the Times. Under proposals being considered officials in Whitehall, government bodies or quangos will be banned from engaging with or funding groups that meet the definition. The paper says concerns have been raised in the cabinet that the definition could "inadvertently penalise" other groups, such as feminists who oppose trans people's access to women's spaces or Christians opposed to gay marriage.

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The Daily Mirror leads with the Tories' "poll humiliation". The paper says a poll has put Conservative support at 20% and that, with an election looming, they now trail Labour by 27%.

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Former Home Secretary Dame Priti Patel has demanded that France do more to justify the millions of pounds the UK sends it to help tackle the issue of small boat crossings in the English Channel, according to the Daily Express. The paper quotes Dame Priti as saying that people smugglers are "thumbing their noses" at London and as calling for "robust action".

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The Metro says that the deaths of 55 children, including 42 under the age of one, have been linked to inadequate conditions in temporary accommodation. The paper calls the issue a "crisis" in housing.

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The Daily Mail says that vicars in the Church of England are in "uproar" over plans to ask wealthy donors and investors to contribute to a billion-pound pot to help the Church pay reparations for its role in the slave trade. It comes after an independent report commissioned by the Church said that a £100m fund pledged last year was "insufficient". The paper says critics are concerned the latest appeal could put parishioners off donating to their local church if they think the Church of England has "vast sums to throw around".

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Germany's former intelligence chief, August Hanning, has warned that the leak of British intelligence by the German military could be "just the tip of iceberg", the Daily Telegraph reports. It comes after the current head of the German air force, Ingo Gerhartz, was heard in a call intercepted by Russia discussing Nato operations in Ukraine, including the presence of British troops "on the ground". The paper says Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron is expected to raise the leaks when he travels to Berlin to meet his German counterpart on Thursday.

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And the Daily Star reports that a science teacher has found a gigantic footprint in a wood in Torquay and concluded it "probably belongs to a Devon-based Bigfoot". The paper asks: "What else could it possibly be?"

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