British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the appointment of a secretary of state for isolated people, following the recommendations of MP Jo Cox, murdered in 2016, to whom she will pay tribute on Wednesday.
Tracey Crouch, Minister of Sports and Civil Society, will campaign against a social epidemic that experts say can be as unhealthy as heavy smoking and affect nine million people in the UK.
The Jo Cox Loneliness Commission, created to tackle one of the most passionate issues of the late MP, issued a report in December calling for a national strategy to fight loneliness and urging the government to create a department in that Sens.
The Prime Minister said she wants to “take action against the loneliness endured by seniors, caregivers, those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to”.
Ms. May stated that isolation was a sad reality of modern life for too many people and that she was eager to “shed light” on the issue of loneliness:
“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life. I want to take up this challenge for our society and to take action against the loneliness endured by the elderly, caregivers, those who have lost loved ones – those who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences “.
“Jo Cox recognized the extent of loneliness across the country and devoted herself to doing everything she could to help those affected.
“I am pleased that the government can build on its legacy with a solitary departmental leadership that will work with the Commission, businesses and charities to shed light on the issue and bring all governments together to create the very first strategy. “ .
Co-chairs of the Jo Cox Solitude Commission, Labor MP Rachel Reeves and Conservative MP Seema Kennedy welcomed May’s announcement.
In a joint statement, they said, “We are really pleased to see that the government is taking the issue of loneliness very seriously with its quick response to our report. Jo Cox said that “young or old, loneliness does not discriminate”.
According to the Red Cross, loneliness affects more than 9 million people in the UK out of a total population of 65.6 million. According to a survey conducted by Age UK, an association that helps them in June 2016, some 200,000 elderly people had not had a conversation with a friend or relative for more than a month in Britain.