Reading is our favourite pastime during Covid-19 lockdown

Research suggests reading is the most popular lockdown pastime. Overall, 61 per cent of the 2,000 British adults surveyed said they had taken up or rekindled a creative interest.
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Universal credit cut in autumn could plunge ‘500,000 people into poverty’, Rishi Sunak warned
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