lockdown

Lockdown is driving friends to find new ways to engage with each other

Suffering from friendship fade?

Don’t worry – it’s not ‘all in your head’. A new study* of 2,000 Brits by Interflora has revealed friendship fade can happen to the best of us if we don’t keep up to a regular routine with our closest pals.

The good news is that virtual relationships can absolutely stand the test of time, with Interflora’s research revealing we will only ‘unfriend' someone if they’ve not been in...

 The cost of car insurance in the UK is now on a steadier trajectory

Car insurance costs accelerate after COVID slowdown

The temporary easing of coronavirus measures over the summer has brought with it some stability to motor premiums, according to research by data insight specialist Consumer Intelligence.

After tumbling 2.5% in the two months following lockdown in March, the cost of car insurance in the UK is now on a steadier trajectory – rising just 0.1% in the last three months.

However,...

The new initiative entitled Hike From Home, inspires everyone to explore new, local walks from their doorstep

New initiative launched to inspire mental health amid pandemic

Merrell has launched a brand new campaign in aid of Mind , the mental health charity, that encourages and inspires people to get outside and explore their local area to support their mental health during a difficult year. The initiative follows a survey by Mind of more than 16,000 people during lockdown* which revealed the scale of the impact of the pandemic on people with mental health...

More than 7.5 million parcels have been lost or stolen since lockdown

Millions of parcels claimed missing during lockdown

More than 7.5 million parcels(1) have been lost or stolen since lockdown, new research reveals.

After the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay home, 96% of Brits have been relying on home deliveries for various things, including food, at-home entertainment, and other items. On average, they received three deliveries per week.

But research conducted by Confused.com...

One third of those in need didn’t get enough help during lockdown

One third of those in need didn’t get enough help during lockdown

During the corona lockdown, assistance from volunteers was inadequate for 1/3 of those in need, according to new research from Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University and Nlvoorelkaar. Results from this corona aid study carried out among participants of ‘NLvoorelkaar’, the largest volunteer platform in the Netherlands, show that while vulnerable target groups were kept safe,...

Covid-cautious

Ten things you’ll understand if you’re the most Covid-cautious of your friends

Whether you blame the rules, the public, or simply the law of averages, it’s quickly becoming clear we don’t all agree on exactly what social distancing should look like.

For those of us at the more wary end of the spectrum, this can make socialising something of a stress.

Here are a few things you’ll understand if you are the most Covid-cautious in your group…

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homeschool mum and son

Mothers sacrifice work more than fathers when homeschooling in lockdown

Mothers are more likely to have sacrificed their work commitments in order to homeschool their children amid the Covid-19 lockdown, according to research by UCL. The figures released indicate that average hours worked fell by 40% in lockdown, and mothers with younger children at home were significantly more likely to have stopped work than fathers.

This echoes findings in a study...

Recycling bins

Lockdown Green-up: Food waste down and recycling rates up

It looks like the enforced lockdown has made us better at recycling as we’ve changed the way we deal with our rubbish.

According to one waste management company, it looks like recycling rates have skyrocketed during the lockdown period, and less food being thrown away.

UK based waste collection company BusinessWaste.co.uk are thrilled with this news, as it shows that...

lady looking worried

COVID-19 a driver of widespread gender inequality, study finds

Women are almost twice as likely as men to have lost their job and suffered an anxiety attack during lockdown, according to a study that reveals how COVID-19 has driven widespread gender inequality.

In a survey of 1,500 people representative of the UK population, researchers from the University of Exeter Business School found that lockdown has exacerbated gender inequality across...

Dame Esther Rantzen

Dame Esther Rantzen on the books she loves

With unexpected time on her hands due to the lockdown Dame Esther Rantzen is indulging in a ‘book-fest’.

The broadcaster and charity campaigner has re-organised her library – she’s given away hundreds of books – and is enjoying leisurely reading sessions at her home in the New Forest, Hampshire.

“I decided it was the perfect time to scale down my library and re-organise it....

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