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living in the busiest part of London under lockdown

Many of these new arrivals opened shops and restaurants serving native cuisine, while the rooms above were subdivided to such an extent that by 1851 Soho was the most densely populated area of London, with 327 inhabitants per acre. In The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy described Soho as “untidy, full of Greeks, Ishmaelites, cats, Italians, tomatoes, restaurants, organs, coloured stuffs, queer names [and] people looking out of upper windows”. 

The population declined during the Second World War but kept a cosmopolitan atmosphere, spiced by drinking clubs, dance halls, theatres, music venues and, increasingly, the sex trade. The sex trade has

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Our monetary technocrats are still living in a bygone age

It is indicative of just how quickly the world has changed that little more than three months ago when the Bank of England gave its last quarterly update, there was only a passing reference to the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, then still just a niggling worry on the distant horizon. 

The UK economy was already stagnating back then, but that softness was put down to Brexit uncertainty and other matters that at the time seemed frightfully important but now look to be as trivial as a minor marital tiff on what’s the best route to the supermarket.

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Coronavirus and the national living wage could be a deadly combination for low-paid jobs

Incredibly, while the Government was trying to lower retailers’ costs to keep them in business, it also went ahead in April with a 6pc real terms increase in the national living wage (NLW), to £8.72 per hour. This raised underlying wage bills just as businesses faced forced closures and demand downturns, the duration and longer-term effects of which are unclear.

This hike followed other large increases since this NLW was introduced in 2015. Prior to that the Low Pay Commission (LPC) advised on the minimum wage level, keeping a keen eye on preventing job losses and ensuring firms could afford

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Can I get help to pay rent? What coronavirus means for your mortgage, energy bills and living costs

The coronavirus outbreak has left many people facing a significant loss of income. Some are unable to work due to illness, but many more will struggle to maintain their current earnings as the economy shuts down.

Self-employed people and those on low incomes will be most affected as the Government has advised citizens to remain at home where possible and avoid any public gatherings.

The Government has announced that all homeowners will be able to claim a three-month break from their mortgage payments, should they be unable to pay because of coronavirus.

But can households also delay paying bills until

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