What the papers say – February 12

By Press Association Reporter
The front pages carry images of Notre Dame in flames.

Welfare reform, Brexit, cash machines and car theft are among the headline-generating subjects on Tuesday.

The Daily Mirror and The Independent lead with Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd’s admission that Government welfare reforms led to an increase in people using food banks.

A new poll suggests Theresa May would win a working majority if an election was called today, although Parliament would remain “highly unstable”, The Times reports.

The Guardian leads with a Treasury select committee report that rejects the Chancellor’s suggestion that a Brexit dividend will boost the economy.

The report was released as poor growth figures for the UK economy at the end of 2018 were published – giving the Financial Times its lead story.

The NSPCC has drawn up a new “duty of care” for social media giants that would carry criminal sanctions for any breaches, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The i leads with a new report on how social media companies should support the future of quality journalism.

Warnings over falling numbers of cash machines in rural communities lead the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.

The Sun has investigated legally-obtainable gadgets that criminals can use to gain access to keyless cars.

A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of university student Libby Squire has been charged with unrelated offences, the Metro reports.