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Minister for Loneliness

Minister for Loneliness

After recommendation by the late Jo Cox, today has seen the appointment of a Minister of Loneliness. Tracey Crouch MP has been appointed the Minister of Loneliness to help tackle the growing epidemic in the UK. Crouch will head a government wide group with responsibility of policies connected to loneliness.

The new ministerial role set to continue Ms Cox’s legacy, will merge existing work for loneliness with the commission, businesses and charities to create a new government strategy and framework for the future.

It is important to remember that people can stay lonely throughout the year and it is not only at Christmas time that we should be thinking of the lonely. Loneliness also doesn’t mean just the elderly; the Jo Cox commission has heard from: children, carers, refuges, new parents, disabled people and older people who have all had experience with loneliness.

Tracey Crouch MP said she was proud to take on the “generational challenge” to tackle an issue affecting about nine million UK people, young and old.

She said she would work across political parties and with communities.

It is great the see the government appointing a minister in charge of loneliness in the UK. Spread the Warmth has been ongoing since early December and we want people to continue thinking about the lonely all year round. You can still pick up some of our biscuit boxes in our office today.

To read more: http://bbc.in/2DnV8jW

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