Newspaper headlines: PM to 'axe rip-off degrees' and pensions 'tax battle'

The headline on the front page of the Metro reads: "Tax battle rages over pensions - locking horns". The front page features an image of Rachel Reeves and Rishi Sunak
The headline on the front page of the Daily Mail reads: "Tory vow to ban 'rip-off' university degrees by changing law"
The Daily Mail leads with Rishi Sunak's pledge to scrap "rip-off" degrees, in plans to fund 100,000 new apprenticeships. A new law will grant the Office for Students (OfS), the higher education regulator, powers to close underperforming courses, the paper reports. [BBC]
The front page of the Daily Express
The worst-performing courses will be assessed on government data, such as drop-out rates and job progression, according to the Daily Express. The paper says the move is among plans to spend £889m on boosting young people's skills. [BBC]
The front page of the Times
The Times says the OfS has already started to crack down on courses it views to be low quality, but this legislation would give it greater power. The paper adds that Mr Sunak's announcement accuses institutions of selling students a "false dream". [BBC]
The main headline on the front page of the Mirror reads: "Cops drop Rayner probe".
A probe into Angela Rayner's home sale has been dropped, the Mirror reports, in what the paper says is a "fresh blow" to Mr Sunak's election campaign. Elsewhere on the front page is an image is of Love Island host Maya Jama, who talks to the paper about meeting King Charles and her relationship with rapper Stormzy. [BBC]
The headline on the front page of the Telegraph reads: "Sunak: I'm talking to Johnson about the election"
In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Mr Sunak said he recently spoke to Boris Johnson about the "risk" that Sir Keir Starmer "poses to the country's security". He declined to say whether the former PM would campaign for him. [BBC]
The headline on the front page of the i reads: "Triple lock plus to save retirees 28p a week on state pension"
The PM's 'triple lock plus' protections plan would save retirees relying on the state pension as their sole income £14.60 a year, calculations for the i show. The paper says pensioners who do not receive full state pension would save less. [BBC]
The main headline on the front of the Guardian reads: "Israeli spy chief 'threatened' ICC official over war crimes inquiry".
The main headline on the front of the Financial Times reads: "Ofwat sketches out 'recovery regime' to avoid nationalising water groups'
Water regulator Ofwat is drawing up "recovery regime" plans for financially stressed water companies, including Thames Water, in a bid to avoid nationalisation, according to the Financial Times. [BBC]
The headline on the front page of the Daily Star reads: "Imperialist Titch: I lob all my slugs into next door's garden"
And finally, presenter Alan Titchmarsh has revealed that he throws slugs into his neighbour's garden, the Daily Star says. [BBC]

The Times and The Daily Mail both say that one in eight students could see their courses cut, under Conservative plans to tackle what they call "Mickey Mouse" degrees.

The papers explain that Tory modelling has suggested the measures could generate about £910m for apprenticeships by the end of the decade by reducing the number of student loans which are never paid back.

The Express lists five degrees whose graduates earn the least. They include courses in combined and general studies, performing arts and creative arts and design.

The Telegraph leads with an interview with Rishi Sunak. He reveals he's recently spoken to Boris Johnson, but he won't say whether the 2019 election winner would campaign for him.

The front page of the Daily Mirror has the decision by the police to drop their inquiry into Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner's house sale.

It describes this as a fresh blow to Mr Sunak's campaign.

The water regulator, Ofwat, is drawing up plans for a special recovery regime to help Thames Water and other struggling water firms, according to the Financial Times.

It says these measures would mean the companies receive fewer penalties, so as to encourage them to invest in infrastructure. They would also be given "realistic" targets for reducing sewage and water leaks.

According to the Guardian, Israel's foreign intelligence agency is alleged to have threatened a chief prosecutor of the international criminal court.

The aim - the paper claims - was to put pressure on the prosecutor to abandon a war crimes investigation.

When asked about the story, the Israeli Prime Minister's office told the Guardian that its questions contained "many false and unfounded allegations meant to hurt the state of Israel".

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