Britain appoints 'minister for loneliness' to tackle isolation

ANI | Updated: Jan 18, 2018 02:07 IST

London [United Kingdom], Jan 18 (ANI): In a first, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a "minister for loneliness" in a bid to tackle social isolation.

This comes after a report revealed that nine million people in the country suffered from loneliness.

Tracey Crouch, whose official title is Minister for Sport and Civil Society, will take on the additional role, created in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing fanatic in June, 2016.

According to CNN, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was created as a response to the MP's own experience of isolation.

Crouch said in a statement, "This is an issue that Jo cared passionately about and we will honor her memory by tackling it, helping the millions of people across the UK who suffer from loneliness."

According to research, over 9 million people always or often feel lonely, around 200,000 older people have not engaged in a conversation with a friend or relative in over a month, and up to 85 per cent of young disabled adults - 18-34 year olds - feel isolated.

According to the reports, May, whilst announcing, Crouch's appointment as "new ministerial lead for loneliness," stated, "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."

"Jo Cox recognized the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected," the British PM added. (ANI)