An estimated 12.5 million people in the UK have suffered from a loss of income during the coronavirus crisis, according to the latest government figures.

The overwhelming impact of the lockdown on household finances was revealed in the latest survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS survey showed growing pessimism over the state of the economy. Expectations for the economic health of the UK in the year ahead plummeted to levels not seen since 2008.

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The report also appears to bear out recent figures showing a huge rise in unemployment and number of benefit claimants.

Nearly two-thirds – 64.8 per cent – of employees said their work was being affected by Covid-19 in some way during a four-day snapshot survey taken in late May. The proportion is up from 47.7 per cent earlier in May.

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1/50 17 June 2020

Players kneel, as well as, having ‘Black Lives Matter’ in place of names on their shirts prior to the start of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park in Birmingham. The league resumed after its three-month suspension because of coronavirus

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2/50 16 June 2020

Motakhayyel ridden by Jim Crowley, right, wins the Buckingham Palace Handicap during day one of Royal Ascot. This year, the flat racing’s biggest meeting, is behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

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Queues form at Primark at the Rushden Lakes shopping complex after the government relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors

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A man kneels at a commemoration to mark the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The fire claimed 72 lives on 14 June 2017

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5/50 13 June 2020

Protesters confront police in Whitehall near Parliament Square, during a protest by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance

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6/50 12 June 2020

A Black Lives Matter supporter sings to crowds who marched with her in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square in London. The death of an African American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world

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7/50 11 June 2020

Scouts show their support at the Lord Baden-Powell statue in Poole. The statue of Robert Baden-Powell on Poole Quay is to be placed in “safe storage” following concerns about his racial views

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Social distancing markers around the penguin enclosure at London Zoo. Staff have been preparing and are now ready for reopening next week with new signage, one-way trails for visitors to follow, and extra handwashing and sanitiser stations in place

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9/50 9 June 2020

Protestors hold placards and shout slogans during during a protest called by the Rhodes Must Fall campaign calling for the removal of the statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes outside Oriel College, at the University of Oxford

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10/50 8 June 2020

Hermione Wilson helps to install a new artwork at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, created as a tribute to the NHS titled “A Thousand Thank Yous” originally devised by the late Allan Kaprow which consists of colourful painted messages on cardboard and has been directed remotely by London-based artist Peter Liversidge

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11/50 7 June 2020

The Edward Colston statue has been pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol. Colston was a 17th century slave trader who has numerous landmarks named after him in Bristol

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12/50 6 June 2020

Children pose for their family in front of discarded placards fixed on a wall in Piccadilly Gardens after a Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Manchester. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world

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13/50 5 June 2020

Protesters kneel in Trafalgar Square during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London, England. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world

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14/50 4 June 2020

Protestors march from Windsor Castle in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

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15/50 3 June 2020

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis

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16/50 2 June 2020

Street artist Nath Murdoch touches up his anti-racism mural in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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17/50 1 June 2020

Customers socially distance themselves as they queue to enter Ikea in Warrington. The store opening saw large queues of people and traffic on adjacent roads as it reopened after the lockdown. The furniture and housewares chain reopened its stores across England and Northern Ireland subject to several restrictions, keeping its restaurants closed and asking customers to shop alone

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18/50 31 May 2020

A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd near the U.S. Embassy, London, Britai

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19/50 30 May 2020

Visitors at Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale, Co Durham are able to cross an ancient packhorse bridge as work on the dam wall means water levels have dropped signifcantly to reveal this monument of the pas

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20/50 29 May 2020

British Tennis player Maia Lumsden in action at Bridge of Allan Tennis Club. People can meet family and friends outdoors and play sports such as golf and tennis again as the country is moving into phase one of the Scottish Government’s plan for gradually lifting lockdown

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21/50 28 May 2020

A police frogman, searches for a weapon in Abington Lake in in Northampton

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22/50 27 May 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears before the Liaison Committee via Zoom from the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus

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23/50 26 May 2020

Members of the public relax on the beach at Botany Bay in Margate

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24/50 25 May 2020

Dominic Cummings, senior aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, makes a statement inside 10 Downing Street, London, over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions

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25/50 24 May 2020

A demonstrator holds a sign reading ‘Why are you above the law?’ outside the house of Dominic Cummings in London, following allegations Cummings broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country

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People take a walk near Durdle Door as cows graze in Lulworth

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27/50 22 May 2020

Waves break onto a wall at Brighton beach

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28/50 21 May 2020

Cafe owner Francini Osorio serves customers in a trial phase during the coronavirus lockdown. Osorio has installed an air purifier and 35 clear shower curtains, which will divide customers and tables, in the Francini Cafe De Colombia, Worcester, ready for the re-opening of his business as lockdown restrictions are eased

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29/50 20 May 2020

People at Bournemouth beach in Dorset, as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased. The Met Office has predicted the hottest day of the year

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30/50 19 May 2020

A dog jumps into the water as families relax at a Lido in London

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31/50 18 May 2020

A fan celebrates outside Celtic Park after Celtic were crowned champions of the Scottish Premiership. Hearts were also relegated after a decision was made to conclude the season with immediate effect

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32/50 17 May 2020

People on Brighton beach after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown

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33/50 16 May 2020

Police lead away Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as protesters gather in breach of lockdown rules in Hyde Park in London after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.

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Estonian freelance ballet dancer and choreographer, Eve Mutso performs her daily fitness routine near her home in Glasgow, Scotland

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35/50 14 May 2020

Senior charge nurse Jan Ferguson views artwork “Theatre of Dott’s” by Kate Ive, inspired by Professor Norman Dott and his neurosurgery theatres at the Western General from 1960-2019. It is one of a number of artworks which sit on the walls of NHS Lothians’ Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) which has been transferred into a purpose-built new home on the Little France campus in Edinburgh

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36/50 13 May 2020

Team GB’s karate athlete Jordan Thomas trains outside his apartment in Manchester

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37/50 12 May 2020

Nurses from central London hospitals protest on international nurses day about the chronic underfunding of the NHS and other issues surrounding the health service outside the gates of Downing Street, London

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Waves crash at Tynemouth pier on the North East coast

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39/50 10 May 2020

A woman passes street art and a poster in East London

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40/50 9 May 2020

Police patrol the beach in Brighton

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41/50 8 May 2020

The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows conduct a fly past over the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in London to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) in Britain

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42/50 7 May 2020

Team GB sailor Eilidh McIntyre during a training session at her home in Portsmouth

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Labour Party leader Keir Starmer listens to Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during PMQs

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The sun appears to explode over the horizon in this montage of images captured by photographer Nick Lucas near his home in Ringwood, Hampshire. Nick took a number of pictures just a few seconds apart on a tripod mounted camera which were then combined to give the eye catching dawn image

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45/50 4 May 2020

Leeds Green Watch firefighters observe a minute’s silence outside the fire station in Kirkstall Rd, in memory their colleagues that lost their lives in the line of duty

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Staff at The Berkeley hotel give food to ambulance workers

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47/50 2 May 2020

One of a small group of anti-lockdown protesters speaks to a police officer as they gather outside New Scotland Yard in Victoria, London

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48/50 1 May 2020

Bonnie the Llama grazes in a field in the Scottish Borders alongside a sign supporting the NHS as the UK continues in lockdown

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49/50 30 April 2020

Colonel Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah celebrate his 100th birthday, with an RAF flypast provided by a Spitfire and a Hurricane over his home in Marston Moretaine. Colonel Moore, formerly a Captain, received a promotion in honour of his birthday and in recognition of the funds, in excess of £30m, he raised for the NHS by walking laps of his garden

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50/50 29 April 2020

Britain’s Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions, as members of Parliament observe social distancing due to the coronavirus, in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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1/50 17 June 2020

Players kneel, as well as, having ‘Black Lives Matter’ in place of names on their shirts prior to the start of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park in Birmingham. The league resumed after its three-month suspension because of coronavirus

AP

2/50 16 June 2020

Motakhayyel ridden by Jim Crowley, right, wins the Buckingham Palace Handicap during day one of Royal Ascot. This year, the flat racing’s biggest meeting, is behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

PA

3/50 15 June 2020

Queues form at Primark at the Rushden Lakes shopping complex after the government relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors

Getty

4/50 14 June 2020

A man kneels at a commemoration to mark the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The fire claimed 72 lives on 14 June 2017

PA

5/50 13 June 2020

Protesters confront police in Whitehall near Parliament Square, during a protest by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance

PA

6/50 12 June 2020

A Black Lives Matter supporter sings to crowds who marched with her in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square in London. The death of an African American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world

Getty

7/50 11 June 2020

Scouts show their support at the Lord Baden-Powell statue in Poole. The statue of Robert Baden-Powell on Poole Quay is to be placed in “safe storage” following concerns about his racial views

Getty

8/50 10 June 2020

Social distancing markers around the penguin enclosure at London Zoo. Staff have been preparing and are now ready for reopening next week with new signage, one-way trails for visitors to follow, and extra handwashing and sanitiser stations in place

PA

9/50 9 June 2020

Protestors hold placards and shout slogans during during a protest called by the Rhodes Must Fall campaign calling for the removal of the statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes outside Oriel College, at the University of Oxford

AFP via Getty

10/50 8 June 2020

Hermione Wilson helps to install a new artwork at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, created as a tribute to the NHS titled “A Thousand Thank Yous” originally devised by the late Allan Kaprow which consists of colourful painted messages on cardboard and has been directed remotely by London-based artist Peter Liversidge

PA

11/50 7 June 2020

The Edward Colston statue has been pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol. Colston was a 17th century slave trader who has numerous landmarks named after him in Bristol

SWNS

12/50 6 June 2020

Children pose for their family in front of discarded placards fixed on a wall in Piccadilly Gardens after a Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Manchester. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world

Getty

13/50 5 June 2020

Protesters kneel in Trafalgar Square during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London, England. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world

Getty

14/50 4 June 2020

Protestors march from Windsor Castle in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

Getty

15/50 3 June 2020

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis

Reuters

16/50 2 June 2020

Street artist Nath Murdoch touches up his anti-racism mural in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

PA

17/50 1 June 2020

Customers socially distance themselves as they queue to enter Ikea in Warrington. The store opening saw large queues of people and traffic on adjacent roads as it reopened after the lockdown. The furniture and housewares chain reopened its stores across England and Northern Ireland subject to several restrictions, keeping its restaurants closed and asking customers to shop alone

Getty

18/50 31 May 2020

A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd near the U.S. Embassy, London, Britai

Reuters

19/50 30 May 2020

Visitors at Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale, Co Durham are able to cross an ancient packhorse bridge as work on the dam wall means water levels have dropped signifcantly to reveal this monument of the pas

UK

20/50 29 May 2020

British Tennis player Maia Lumsden in action at Bridge of Allan Tennis Club. People can meet family and friends outdoors and play sports such as golf and tennis again as the country is moving into phase one of the Scottish Government’s plan for gradually lifting lockdown

PA

21/50 28 May 2020

A police frogman, searches for a weapon in Abington Lake in in Northampton

Getty

22/50 27 May 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears before the Liaison Committee via Zoom from the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus

10 Downing Street/Reuters

23/50 26 May 2020

Members of the public relax on the beach at Botany Bay in Margate

Getty

24/50 25 May 2020

Dominic Cummings, senior aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, makes a statement inside 10 Downing Street, London, over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions

AP

25/50 24 May 2020

A demonstrator holds a sign reading ‘Why are you above the law?’ outside the house of Dominic Cummings in London, following allegations Cummings broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country

Reuters

26/50 23 May 2020

People take a walk near Durdle Door as cows graze in Lulworth

Reuters

27/50 22 May 2020

Waves break onto a wall at Brighton beach

Reuters

28/50 21 May 2020

Cafe owner Francini Osorio serves customers in a trial phase during the coronavirus lockdown. Osorio has installed an air purifier and 35 clear shower curtains, which will divide customers and tables, in the Francini Cafe De Colombia, Worcester, ready for the re-opening of his business as lockdown restrictions are eased

PA

29/50 20 May 2020

People at Bournemouth beach in Dorset, as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased. The Met Office has predicted the hottest day of the year

PA

30/50 19 May 2020

A dog jumps into the water as families relax at a Lido in London

AP

31/50 18 May 2020

A fan celebrates outside Celtic Park after Celtic were crowned champions of the Scottish Premiership. Hearts were also relegated after a decision was made to conclude the season with immediate effect

PA

32/50 17 May 2020

People on Brighton beach after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown

PA

33/50 16 May 2020

Police lead away Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as protesters gather in breach of lockdown rules in Hyde Park in London after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.

PA

34/50 15 May 2020

Estonian freelance ballet dancer and choreographer, Eve Mutso performs her daily fitness routine near her home in Glasgow, Scotland

Getty

35/50 14 May 2020

Senior charge nurse Jan Ferguson views artwork “Theatre of Dott’s” by Kate Ive, inspired by Professor Norman Dott and his neurosurgery theatres at the Western General from 1960-2019. It is one of a number of artworks which sit on the walls of NHS Lothians’ Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) which has been transferred into a purpose-built new home on the Little France campus in Edinburgh

PA

36/50 13 May 2020

Team GB’s karate athlete Jordan Thomas trains outside his apartment in Manchester

Reuters

37/50 12 May 2020

Nurses from central London hospitals protest on international nurses day about the chronic underfunding of the NHS and other issues surrounding the health service outside the gates of Downing Street, London

PA

38/50 11 May 2020

Waves crash at Tynemouth pier on the North East coast

PA

39/50 10 May 2020

A woman passes street art and a poster in East London

Reuters

40/50 9 May 2020

Police patrol the beach in Brighton

Getty

41/50 8 May 2020

The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows conduct a fly past over the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in London to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) in Britain

MOD/Reuters

42/50 7 May 2020

Team GB sailor Eilidh McIntyre during a training session at her home in Portsmouth

Reuters

43/50 6 May 2020

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer listens to Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during PMQs

UK Parliament/AFP/Getty

44/50 5 May 2020

The sun appears to explode over the horizon in this montage of images captured by photographer Nick Lucas near his home in Ringwood, Hampshire. Nick took a number of pictures just a few seconds apart on a tripod mounted camera which were then combined to give the eye catching dawn image

Nick Lucas/SWNS

45/50 4 May 2020

Leeds Green Watch firefighters observe a minute’s silence outside the fire station in Kirkstall Rd, in memory their colleagues that lost their lives in the line of duty

PA

46/50 3 May 2020

Staff at The Berkeley hotel give food to ambulance workers

Reuters

47/50 2 May 2020

One of a small group of anti-lockdown protesters speaks to a police officer as they gather outside New Scotland Yard in Victoria, London

AFP via Getty

48/50 1 May 2020

Bonnie the Llama grazes in a field in the Scottish Borders alongside a sign supporting the NHS as the UK continues in lockdown

PA

49/50 30 April 2020

Colonel Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah celebrate his 100th birthday, with an RAF flypast provided by a Spitfire and a Hurricane over his home in Marston Moretaine. Colonel Moore, formerly a Captain, received a promotion in honour of his birthday and in recognition of the funds, in excess of £30m, he raised for the NHS by walking laps of his garden

Capture the Light Photography/Getty

50/50 29 April 2020

Britain’s Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions, as members of Parliament observe social distancing due to the coronavirus, in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

UK Parliament/AP

The ONS’s latest personal and economic well-being survey found people’s levels of happiness and anxiety have improved since the beginning of lockdown.

However, expectations for the general economic situation fell further in May to negative 51.5 – a lower rating than any seen during the depths of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.

Nearly one in four people (24.6 per cent) thinks it may take more than a year for their life to get back to normal – or that it may never happen at all. The longer the pandemic has continued, the longer people think it will take for normality to return, according to the ONS.

There are also worrying signs of growing inequality, as the survey shows a rise in the number people on low incomes reporting a financial hit since the lockdown began.

Some 26 per cent of people on an annual income between £10,000 and £20,000 said they had suffered a drop in income last month – an increase of 15 per cent from April.

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By contrast, there was some improvement in the finances of higher-income individuals. For those with total annual income of £40,000 or higher, only 3.2 per cent suffering financially in May, compared with 13.4 per cent in April.

Parents were twice as likely to report reduced income or to have been furloughed compared with adults without children – and over 20 per cent of them found childcare needs were impacting on their ability to work.

Some measures, such as furloughing and mortgage relief, as well as increased community support may have helped to stabilise anxiety levels, the report said.

But people’s assessments of their life satisfaction and the feeling that what they do is worthwhile have continued to fall since 20 March – and are at much lower levels than before the pandemic, the report said.



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