The UK has appointed a “minister for loneliness”. The aim of this Minister as per Prime Minister Theresa May is to tackle “the sad reality of modern life” which has an impact on millions of people.
A junior minister for sport and civil society Tracey Crouch will take the role of fighting loneliness in Britain.
May said, “For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life. I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones — people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.”
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As per British Red Cross out of 65.6 million UK population, nine million people say that they are always or frequently lonely.
Loneliness, as described by the charity, is a “hidden epidemic” that has an effect on people from all age groups at different times and moments in their life.
The appointment of the minister is recommended by the committee in memory of Jo Cox. She was the lawmaker of the Labour Party who was killed by an extremist.
Jo Cox Foundation tweeted, “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. She would be delighted by Tracey Crouch’s new job as minister for loneliness and would be saying ‘let’s get to work!’”
A reception will be hosted by the prime minister to celebrate the legacy left by Cox. Her killing few days ahead of Brexit referendum 2016 shook the nation.
The UK loneliness initiative will publish its strategy sometime this year. The input for the strategy will be taken by the national, local government, public service departments and businesses.