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More than half of workers have said they never expect to return to a five-day working week in the office, a new survey by broadband provider TalkTalk has found.

A new report called ‘Lockdown Lessons’ also found that 58% of people in employment said they felt more productive as a result of working from home.

Bosses also agreed, with 30% of business leaders saying the changes had seen a boost in productivity and 35% said the moves had seen more collaboration.

The new working arrangements for millions of office workers also found that with the commute being removed, many are turning to learning a new skill or hobby, the survey found.

Around 40% said they had watched an online educational video during lockdown and 16% enrolled in an online learning course.

More than half of workers have said they never expect to return to a five-day working week in the office, a new survey has found

More than half of workers have said they never expect to return to a five-day working week in the office, a new survey has found

More than half of workers have said they never expect to return to a five-day working week in the office, a new survey has found

In other areas, nearly one-in-four work-from-home staff started learning a new language, with a similar number also learning new cooking methods. Around 15% said they researched baking and 13% learned about gardening.

TalkTalk added that internet usage during lockdown increased 40% year-on-year and has remained at high levels, despite the relaxation of rules and the reopening of pubs and restaurants. Uploads have also increased significantly, the data found.

The company is hoping the increase in work-from-home staff will lead to demand for more reliable internet and has launched a business-quality broadband service for companies willing to install faster connections in workers’ homes.

But less than half – 40% – of business leaders said they have provided financial support to employees for phone or home broadband bills and only one in four have invested in mental health and wellbeing apps for staff.

The survey also found that 62% of bosses believe they can save money to spend on upgrading home working due to less work trip costs and 45% said company entertainment spend is also expected to fall.

Tristia Harrison, chief executive at TalkTalk, said: ‘Lockdown Britain has seen a boost in skills and productivity for home workers, with unexpected lessons for how we emerge from the pandemic.

‘As people have been working from home, they’ve also been learning: from new languages, to cooking, to IT skills. With flexible working we’re becoming so much more productive it seems that Britain is now getting five days’ work done in four, which is encouraging as we build back from the crisis.’

Catherine Barnard, from consultancy Working The Future, which analysed the data for TalkTalk, said: ‘A future where a four-day work week is the norm could be a lot closer than people think.

‘If someone can do their work in four days rather than five as a result of flexible working hours, it stands to reason that they can use the fifth day to further improve skills that complement their role. The challenge is to pivot from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to employment.’

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Barclays customers can’t access their accounts after app and website crash

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Some Barclays customers were unable to log into their online banking services on Monday morning. 

The bank confirmed that ‘a small number’ of customers had been unable to log in online or via the app.

Irate customers hit out at the bank’s ‘shocking’ service on social media after many users left unable to make payments or check their balances.

Twitter users began to report problems at around 9.50am on Monday morning, saying that they were unable to get access to their accounts. 

The bank confirmed that 'a small number' of customers had been unable to log in online or via the app

The bank confirmed that 'a small number' of customers had been unable to log in online or via the app

The bank confirmed that ‘a small number’ of customers had been unable to log in online or via the app

Meanwhile, Down Detector – which collates information on major outages – said there were reports of an outage at around 9.44am.

Barclays said: ‘A small number of our customers are having problems logging in to their online banking and making payments on online banking and in the Barclays app.

‘We apologise for this and are working to fix it as soon as possible.’

Irate customers hit out at the bank on social media, with one calling out their 'shocking service' on Twitter

Irate customers hit out at the bank on social media, with one calling out their 'shocking service' on Twitter

Irate customers hit out at the bank on social media, with one calling out their ‘shocking service’ on Twitter

Another slammed the bank on Twitter saying they were unable to get through on the phone

Another slammed the bank on Twitter saying they were unable to get through on the phone

Another slammed the bank on Twitter saying they were unable to get through on the phone

Down Detector - which collates information on major outages - said there were reports of an outage at around 9.44am, sparking complaints on Twitter like the one from this user

Down Detector - which collates information on major outages - said there were reports of an outage at around 9.44am, sparking complaints on Twitter like the one from this user

Down Detector – which collates information on major outages – said there were reports of an outage at around 9.44am, sparking complaints on Twitter like the one from this user

The bank said it was working to fix the issues, and advised customers to try again if they were having trouble getting into their accounts.

Customers can also use the app, contact Barclays through its automated telephone banking services or speak to the bank on the phone.

It advised customers not to try re-do any payments if they have had an error message as the payment might still go through within four hours. 

The bank advised customers to wait for four hours until trying again.

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Idris Elba and David Oyelowo reveal how the Prince’s Trust changed their lives

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Idris Elba has joined a group of celebrities and creatives to thank the Prince’s Trust in a new video released by the charity today to celebrate helping one million young people.

In the clip the actor, 48, says it was help from Prince Charles‘ charity that gave him the start he needed to launch his now blockbuster career.

‘When I was about 18 years old, I had the wonderful experience of auditioning for The Prince’s Trust,’ he says.

Idris Elba has joined a group of celebrities and creatives in a video to thank the Prince's Trust in a new video released by the charity today to celebrate helping one million young people

Idris Elba has joined a group of celebrities and creatives in a video to thank the Prince's Trust in a new video released by the charity today to celebrate helping one million young people

In the clip the actor, 48, says it was help from Prince Charles' charity that gave him the start he needed to launch his now blockbuster career

In the clip the actor, 48, says it was help from Prince Charles' charity that gave him the start he needed to launch his now blockbuster career

Idris Elba has joined a group of celebrities and creatives in a video to thank the Prince’s Trust in a new video released by the charity today to celebrate helping one million young people.

‘I was awarded £1,500 by The Prince’s Trust that gave me my start and my career.’ 

Idris, who was born in east London to Sierra Leonen father and Ghanaian mother, has since become a household name for his work on TV and film, having won both Emmys and BAFTAs. 

The Luther star has worked with The Prince’s Trust for years, and recorded a short video in 2010 showing him meeting with youth work  Dante Lauder-Hawkins for the charity. 

In the video, he shares that he grew up on a council estate in Hackney, adding he is ‘so proud’ to come from the area. 

The Luther star has worked with The Prince's Trust for years, and recorded a short video in 2010 showing him meeting with youth work Dante Lauder-Hawkins (pictured in 2010)

The Luther star has worked with The Prince's Trust for years, and recorded a short video in 2010 showing him meeting with youth work Dante Lauder-Hawkins (pictured in 2010)

The Luther star has worked with The Prince’s Trust for years, and recorded a short video in 2010 showing him meeting with youth work Dante Lauder-Hawkins (pictured in 2010)

Meanwhile,  Selma star David Oyelowo and MOBO-winning music producer Naughty Boy also revealed how grants from The Prince’s Trust helped them.

Naughty Boy, real name, Shahid Khan, 35, says he approached the charity when he was 20 in the hope of starting his own company.

‘I didn’t expect them to help me or think that I could start my own business.

Meanwhile, David Oyelowo said his credits his grant with cementing his 'desire to become an actor' as the money allowing him to join the National Youth Music Theatre

Meanwhile, David Oyelowo said his credits his grant with cementing his 'desire to become an actor' as the money allowing him to join the National Youth Music Theatre

Meanwhile, David Oyelowo said his credits his grant with cementing his ‘desire to become an actor’ as the money allowing him to join the National Youth Music Theatre

‘Without the Prince’s Trust, I don’t think I would have taken it as far as I did.’

Soon after receiving the £5000 grant, the DJ won £44,000 on Deal Or No Deal, giving him a decent sum to buy recording equipment.  

He has since gone on to collaborate with Beyonce, Sam Smith, Joe Jonas, JLS and Tinie Tempah among others.

Meanwhile, David Oyelowo said he credits his grant with cementing his ‘desire to become an actor’ as the money allowed him to join the National Youth Music Theatre.

Naughty Boy, real name, Shahid Khan, 35, says in the video he approached the charity when he was 20 in the hope of starting his own company. He is pictured with Prince Charles in 2018

Naughty Boy, real name, Shahid Khan, 35, says in the video he approached the charity when he was 20 in the hope of starting his own company. He is pictured with Prince Charles in 2018

Naughty Boy, real name, Shahid Khan, 35, says in the video he approached the charity when he was 20 in the hope of starting his own company. He is pictured with Prince Charles in 2018

Naughty Boy has since has since gone on to collaborate with Beyonce, Sam Smith, Joe Jonas, JLS and Tinie Tempah. He is pictured in the clip

Naughty Boy has since has since gone on to collaborate with Beyonce, Sam Smith, Joe Jonas, JLS and Tinie Tempah. He is pictured in the clip

 Naughty Boy has since has since gone on to collaborate with Beyonce, Sam Smith, Joe Jonas, JLS and Tinie Tempah. He is pictured in the clip

Soon after receiving the £5000 grant, Naughty Boy won £44,000 on Deal Or No Deal, giving him a decent sum to buy recording equipment, he's pictured in 2009

Soon after receiving the £5000 grant, Naughty Boy won £44,000 on Deal Or No Deal, giving him a decent sum to buy recording equipment, he's pictured in 2009

Soon after receiving the £5000 grant, Naughty Boy won £44,000 on Deal Or No Deal, giving him a decent sum to buy recording equipment, he’s pictured in 2009

‘I was about 17 and really wanted to be part of the National Youth Music Theatre but myself and my parents couldn’t afford it,’ he explains.

‘I got the grant and I got to be part of the National Youth Music Theatre and it’s really where my desire to become an actor became cemented.

‘And it’s also where I met my future wife, Jessica, so I have the Prince’s Trust to thank for a lot.’

David, who is best known for playing Martin Luther King in the Oscar winning Selma, lives in LA with his actress wife and four children.

Rock bands Elbow and the Streophonics also feature in the video to thank the Prince's Trust. Guy Garvey (pictured) lead singer for Elbow, say he and the band owe their lives to the charity

Rock bands Elbow and the Streophonics also feature in the video to thank the Prince's Trust. Guy Garvey (pictured) lead singer for Elbow, say he and the band owe their lives to the charity

Rock bands Elbow and the Streophonics also feature in the video to thank the Prince’s Trust. Guy Garvey (pictured) lead singer for Elbow, say he and the band owe their lives to the charity

The Stereophonics also appear in the clip, recalling how a grant from The Trust was the key to helping them 'to play in the pubs and the clubs' before signing a record deal in 1996

The Stereophonics also appear in the clip, recalling how a grant from The Trust was the key to helping them 'to play in the pubs and the clubs' before signing a record deal in 1996

The Stereophonics also appear in the clip, recalling how a grant from The Trust was the key to helping them ‘to play in the pubs and the clubs’ before signing a record deal in 1996

However, he split his childhood between Nigeria, where his grandfather was king of state, and the UK, where he spent times in hostels.  

Rock bands Elbow and the Streophonics also feature in the video to thank the Prince’s Trust.   

Guy Garvey, lead singer for Elbow, says he and the band owe their lives to the charity. 

He explains that receiving the grant ‘was a tangible sign of respect’ for what they did, which they ‘didn’t have it elsewhere’.  

The Stereophonics also appear in the clip, recalling how a grant from The Trust was the key to helping them ‘to play in the pubs and the clubs’ before signing a record deal in 1996.

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Kelly Jones, lead singer of the Stereophonics, at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 2019

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Kelly Jones, lead singer of the Stereophonics, at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 2019

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Kelly Jones, lead singer of the Stereophonics, at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 2019

 ‘We needed some speakers, and then that allowed us to go play in the pubs and clubs and play our songs and stuff,’ they explain. 

Others, like Emmanuel Olaojo who founded a business after completing The Trust’s Enterprise programme, recall how the charity has given them the confidence in themselves ‘to push through’ and ‘gain valuable life experiences’, which have ultimately helped to turn ‘dreams into reality.’

Other famous alumni of Prince’s Trust include the magician Dynamo, the rock band Muse and the entrepreneur behind Trunki suitcases, Rob Law. 

The million milestone comes for The Trust at a time when the deepening jobs crisis is hitting young people the hardest. 

Young people experienced the biggest fall in employment in the three months to July, which means there are now enough unemployed young people to fill Twickenham stadium more than six times.

The Prince’s Trust helped more than 70,000 young people last year to build confidence and skills. 

The employability and enterprise courses offered by The Trust, which are run both in person and online, give young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives.

The Prince of Wales, pictured, has warned that as many as one million young people could need 'urgent help' due to coronavirus

The Prince of Wales, pictured, has warned that as many as one million young people could need 'urgent help' due to coronavirus

The Prince of Wales, pictured, has warned that as many as one million young people could need ‘urgent help’ due to coronavirus

It comes as The Prince of Wales warned that as many as one million young people could  need ‘urgent help’ due to coronavirus.

He said our youth was confronting a ‘uniquely challenging’ time amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a rare intervention, Charles said the ‘destructive hopelessness’ of unemployment is facing Britain’s youngsters once again.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph yesterday,  he said the young are in particular need of measures to protect them from the worst effects of the crisis, adding that the country must not let optimism ‘drown beneath a deluge’ of economic predictions. 

Reflecting on how he founded the Prince’s Trust charity in 1976, with the severance pay he got from the Royal Navy, Charles added: ‘I am old enough to remember other times when hope was scarce and pessimism seemed the only thing in abundant supply.

‘In the mid-Seventies, when I left the Royal Navy, youth unemployment was one of the pressing issues of the time. It seemed to me that we should do something to try to make a difference, however small.’

The Prince’s Trust, has just helped its millionth young person, with research from the Trust showing that 55 per cent of 16 to 25-year-olds are more worried about being unemployed than they were a year ago.

The Prince’s Trust set up the Young People Relief Fund in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic to provide extra support to those hit by the economic fall-out. 

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Sir David Attenborough says Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were ‘all charming’

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Sir David Attenborough has revealed that he found the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s children ‘charming’ after meeting them last week.

The 94-year-old naturalist was photographed with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, along with their mother Kate, 38, after enjoying a private viewing of his newest documentary A Life On Our Planet with Prince William, 38.

After meeting in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Sir David told The Times that it was a ‘very nice domestic occasion’.

The broadcaster even gifted Prince George a fossilised giant shark’s tooth after discovering the young royal was a ‘massive fan’. 

Sir David Attenborough has revealed that he found the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children 'charming' after meeting them last week (pictured)

Sir David Attenborough has revealed that he found the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children 'charming' after meeting them last week (pictured)

Sir David Attenborough has revealed that he found the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children ‘charming’ after meeting them last week (pictured)

‘When I was his age, I remember being given fossils by a grown-up, so I thought I would do the same,” Sir David said.

‘[George asked] What it was? How big it was? And so on. He was certainly very interested. He seemed to like it. He is very interested in fossils. She [Charlotte] was too. All three seemed charming.’

The children are thought to have bombarded Prince William and Kate to meet Sir David – with the Duchess previously admitting that they’re ‘massive fans’ of the conservationist.

Prince George was photographed looking intrigued as he handled the fossilised tooth from an extinct Carcharocles megalodon – one of the most feared predators to have swum in the seas.  

The broadcaster even gifted Prince George a fossilised giant shark's tooth after discovering the young royal was a 'massive fan'. Pictured, the royal holding it while sitting next to Prince William and Prince Louis

The broadcaster even gifted Prince George a fossilised giant shark's tooth after discovering the young royal was a 'massive fan'. Pictured, the royal holding it while sitting next to Prince William and Prince Louis

The broadcaster even gifted Prince George a fossilised giant shark’s tooth after discovering the young royal was a ‘massive fan’. Pictured, the royal holding it while sitting next to Prince William and Prince Louis

The giant shark tooth was found by Sir David during a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s. 

WHAT WAS THE CARCHAROCLES MEGALODON?

Jaws may have terrified you at the cinema, but the iconic great white would have been dwarfed by Carcharocles megalodon, the largest shark in the history of the planet.

The giant creatures lived between 23million and 2.6million years ago and scientists are divided over how and why the species perished.

The predator grew up to an incredible 59 feet (18 metres) long, and it used its giant teeth, that could grow up to 7.1 inches (18cm) to feed on smaller marine mammals.

In the past, climate changes have generally been blamed for its disappearance, while some research also suggested the giant shark became extinct because the diversity of its prey decreased and new predators appeared as competitors. 

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It was embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone, which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23million years ago.

William and the veteran broadcaster watched A Life On Our Planet, a revealing and powerful first-hand account in which Sir David reflects on both the defining moments of his life as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has witnessed.

Socially distanced in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back – but in a change of plan they sat in each other’s seats.

The 94-year-old broadcaster chatted to William, Kate and their three children George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after the screening on Thursday.

William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last year, and during the discussion the broadcaster warned that humanity needed to act so that they did not ‘annihilate part of the natural world’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also previously met the conservationist in September 2019 at Birkenhead, for the naming ceremony of the polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

The encounter appears in the upcoming ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All.

In a new clip to promote the royal’s programme – which shows his passion for the planet and search for ways to restore the environment for the next generation – Prince William is seen greeting the broadcaster by saying: ‘Here’s a recognised face,’ while Kate admits that George, Charlotte and Louis are disappointed to not be in attendance. 

William and the veteran broadcaster (pictured) watched A Life On Our Planet, a revealing and powerful first-hand account in which Sir David reflects on both the defining moments of his life as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has witnessed

William and the veteran broadcaster (pictured) watched A Life On Our Planet, a revealing and powerful first-hand account in which Sir David reflects on both the defining moments of his life as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has witnessed

William and the veteran broadcaster (pictured) watched A Life On Our Planet, a revealing and powerful first-hand account in which Sir David reflects on both the defining moments of his life as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has witnessed

The duchess, who revealed in lockdown that her eldest son was often watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, says: ‘The children were very upset that we were coming to see you and they weren’t coming. They’re massive fans of yours.’

With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, William and Sir David continue to support each other in their mission to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges the planet faces.

This includes working together on William’s Earthshot Prize, an ambitious global environment project announced last December to combat climate issues. Further details about the prize are expected in the coming weeks. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also previously met the conservationist in September 2019 at Birkenhead (above), with the encounter appearing in the upcoming ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also previously met the conservationist in September 2019 at Birkenhead (above), with the encounter appearing in the upcoming ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also previously met the conservationist in September 2019 at Birkenhead (above), with the encounter appearing in the upcoming ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All

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