The Times and the Daily Mail lead on government proposals to force private companies and public sector employers to reveal the pay gap between their white and ethnic minority staff.
The Mail says the radical plans to tackle racial inequality mirror rules earlier this year to expose the gender pay gap. According to the Times, some of the worst disparities are expected to be in the armed forces, police service, NHS and schools.
The DailyTelegraph’s main story is that Theresa May will ask senior cabinet ministers to agree a Brexit plan that would keep the UK in a customs union with the EU until a permanent trade deal can be agreed.
According to the paper, mainland Britain would leave the single market, allowing the government to set its own regulations, but Northern Ireland would stay in the single market for goods – meaning there would have to be increased regulatory checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea. The “i” leads with the DUP’s threat to vote against the Chancellor’s Budget if Northern Ireland is treated any differently from the rest of the UK.
For its main story, the Guardian reports that a survey of almost 200 migrants held in deportation centres in England has found that more than half were suicidal, seriously ill or victims of torture.
It says a snapshot analysis of detainees on one single day – 31 August – showed that almost 56% fitted the definition of “adult at risk”. Such individuals are supposed to be detained only in extreme cases, suggesting that Home Office guidelines on detention have been breached, the paper adds.
The Home Office tells the paper that detention must be “fair, dignified and protect the most vulnerable”, adding that further improvements could be made to the system.
According to the Daily Mirror’s lead, the US owner of Cadbury paid no corporation tax last year on its biggest British business – despite profits of £185m. It says Mondelez UK Ltd managed to offset its profits to help wipe out the potential £35m tax bill.
In a statement to the paper, the company says that in common with all global businesses, it pays corporation tax based on the laws of the countries in which it operates: “We comply with all applicable tax legislation in the UK,” the statement adds.
Finally, armed police stormed a branch of NatWest bank in Birmingham city centre on Wednesday after reports of an armed robbery.
The Sun says that a member of the public called 999 after glancing in the front window and spotting cashiers “cowering” under desks. The front door was locked and the woman assumed that staff were being threatened by a gang.
But – the Metro reports – it turned out that, far from dodging a gun-wielding raider, the employees were playing hide-and-seek as a team-building exercise.
Detectives took it all in good humour, saying the passer-by had done the right thing to call the police. They then quipped on Twitter: “Coming – ready or not.”