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In the papers today - 4 December

National road tolls should be launched during the next decade to help prevent US-style gridlock said Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander today.
He added that a 'still sceptical' public had to be brought round to the idea but he claimed that schemes could be rolled out in cities like Manchester and Birmingham in the next few years. - MetroConsumer group Energywatch have called for an inquiry into household gas prices after it was revealed that although wholesale gas prices have falled 40% since March, consumers have suffered rises of 30%. - The GuardianMinisters yesterday turned their fire onto Jack Lemley after the Amercian claimed that preparations for the London 2012 Games are in crisis and that his warning's were ignored. The Guardian understands that Lemmley agreed to resign under pressure from the ODA. - The GuardianThe cost of living for many UK households is up to four times the Government's published rate of inflation, according to a study commissioned by The Daily Telegraph. Pensioners are the hardest hit, with inflation rates of 9% due to record gas and electricity bills - The Daily Telegraph

Ministers accused former Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Jack Lemley of 'trying to rewrite history' after he told a Sunday newspaper that culture secretary Tessa Jowell had tried to silence him over his fears for London 2012. In his latest blast Lemley also said warnings over the contamination of the Olympic Park were ignored. Jowell is understood to be furious - The Daily Telegraph

A report for the Treasury into land use planning by Kate Barker will say Britain has twice as much land protected from development as other industrial countries despite having one of the highest densities of population. The report will urge reforms to the planning systems to smooth the path for big projects. - The Financial TimesThe Chancellor's pre budget report will claim that the government has achieved £13.3 billion efficiency savings through civil service job cuts and procurement savings. The claims of big savings following the Gershon Review are likely to spark intense debate. - The Financial Times

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