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1 Rishi Sunak has been urged to give small companies a tax holiday to help them to survive plunging demand and the rising costs of the coronavirus outbreak. In a BBC interview, the chancellor said that he would deliver “whatever action is required” to deal with the crisis in the budget on Wednesday.

2 Congestion is costing the economy almost £7 billion a year, with vehicles crawling through cities at average speeds as low as 10mph, according to research by Inrix, a traffic data company. Meanwhile, a multibillion-pound roadbuilding plan, including controversial smart motorways, has been put on hold over climate change concerns, The Times has learnt.

3 The Priory in Roehampton, southwest London, the clinic of choice for the rich and famous to