May appoints minister of loneliness to help isolated Brits

May appoints minister of loneliness to help isolated Brits

May appoints minister of loneliness to help isolated Brits

Britain has appointed its first ever minister for loneliness after research found that one in 10 people in the United Kingdom face isolation, a condition that can trigger a range of physical and mental health issues.

In a report published previous year, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, initially set up by Ms Cox, who was murdered in the run-up to the European Union referendum, revealed that loneliness was as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

As the minister of loneliness, Crouch will be tasked with working with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, businesses and charities to raise awareness about loneliness and isolation and create a government strategy to combat it, May said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May said "for many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life".

Twitter users have, meanwhile, remained at loggerheads over the news; many were quick to offer sarcastic remarks.

The prime minister's appointment of the ministerial lead on loneliness was the first of the Jo Cox Commission's recommendations to be implemented.

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The British government set up the position in response to a cross-party commission that found more than nine million Britons often or always felt lonely.

But Britain, in fact, already has a serious problem with loneliness, research has found.

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". The commission had called for a dedicated minister to tackle the problem it said is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Both lawmakers have worked with a variety of charities, including Age UK and Action for Children, to find ways to help people cope with loneliness and isolation.

Widower Brendan Cox has previously described how son Cuillin, aged just five when his mother was killed, wrote a song in tribute to her that went: "I love my mummy, I will not leave her behind". It was a sad and hard time for us, of course, but we felt proud that so many were inspired by what Jo said in her maiden speech about how we have more in common than that which divides us.

Debbie Thrower from The Gift of Years, a Christian group for older people, told Premier loneliness a massive issue due to many people growing older without their family living close by.

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