Ubuntu update: snap-confine has elevated permissions and is not confined but should be

Hello, I am running Ubuntu 20.04 and yesterday did a normal update via the ubuntu updater which seemingly had no issues. However, after the reboot, I found I could no longer run gimp, inkscape, okular, and a few other standard applications including the ubuntu software app itself. Looking in syslog, I found the above error message - nothing is output to the screen when I run these apps, the app just fails to run. I have followed various instructions given in multiple places, including here and on stackoverflow, but nothing has cured the problem. This is seriously impacting my work at the moment as the apps affected are all ones I rely heavily on. I would be most grateful if anyone has any ideas I can try. Below are some details of my system.

snap version: snap 2.57.5+20.04 snapd 2.57.5+20.04 series 16 ubuntu 20.04 kernel 5.15.0-53-generic

aa-status: apparmor module is loaded. 68 profiles are loaded. 37 profiles are in enforce mode. /snap/core/13886/usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine /snap/core/13886/usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine//mount-namespace-capture-helper /snap/snapd/17336/usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine /snap/snapd/17336/usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine//mount-namespace-capture-helper /snap/snapd/17576/usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine /snap/snapd/17576/usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine//mount-namespace-capture-helper /usr/bin/evince-previewer//sanitized_helper /usr/bin/evince//sanitized_helper firefox//browser_java firefox//browser_openjdk firefox//sanitized_helper snap-update-ns.audacity snap-update-ns.core snap-update-ns.cprov-brackets snap-update-ns.gimp snap-update-ns.inkscape snap-update-ns.mysql-workbench-community snap-update-ns.okular snap-update-ns.snap-store snap-update-ns.whatsdesk snap.audacity.audacity snap.core.hook.configure snap.gimp.gimp snap.gimp.hook.install snap.gimp.hook.post-refresh snap.inkscape.hook.configure snap.inkscape.inkscape snap.inkscape.viewer snap.mysql-workbench-community.hook.configure snap.mysql-workbench-community.mysql-workbench-community snap.okular.hook.configure snap.okular.okular snap.snap-store.hook.configure snap.snap-store.snap-store snap.snap-store.ubuntu-software snap.snap-store.ubuntu-software-local-file