UK Appoints A Minister For Loneliness Amidst Concern Over Growing Isolation

UK Appoints A Minister For Loneliness Amidst Concern Over Growing Isolation

UK Appoints A Minister For Loneliness Amidst Concern Over Growing Isolation

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which the 41-year-old politician set up shortly before her death, had called for a minister to be appointed to lead action on the issue.

"Jo experienced and witnessed loneliness throughout her life especially as a new student at Cambridge University and separated from her sister Kim for (the) first time", the Jo Cox Foundation wrote on Twitter.

Photo Tracey Crouch, left, Britain's under secretary for sport and civil society, is to coordinate the government's response to loneliness.

"For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life", May said in a statement on Wednesday.

"She would be delighted by Tracey Crouch's new job as minister for loneliness and would be saying 'let's get to work!'" the Foundation added.

The Jo Cox Commission was set up in 2017 to make recommendations to combat loneliness. After she died, with the British Red Cross and Co-op with a list of recommendations for the government to address the issue.

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Around nine million people in Britain, both young and old, often or always feel isolated or lonely, which can be just as damaging to health as smoking or obesity, according to the report by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, released last month.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former United States surgeon general, said in a Harvard Business Review article previous year that loneliness needed more serious addressing in the workplace. "She wanted to bring new focus and attention to loneliness in our communities, and to encourage action". The commission warns that chronic loneliness can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing as well as a person's ability to connect with others. The newly appointed Crouch will oversee the delivery of the rest of the steps recommended by the organization while working with businesses, charities, and various groups in order to create a strategy against loneliness.

Ms.Cox, who had been a prominent voice in Parliament on the issue of loneliness, was shot dead by a right-wing extremist in 2016.

Bramley Elderly Action's general manager Lee Ingham and Bill Graham from New Wortley Community Centre were invited to London by Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves.

They recommended putting the issue within the remit of a Minister and the need for a United Kingdom -wide strategy for tackling the issue, alongside greater work at the local government and community level, too.

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