Britain tackles ‘sad reality’ of loneliness


Theresa May, British PM

Britain on Wednesday launched its first campaign to combat loneliness and social isolation, promising “practical and emotional support” on the elderly and young disabled people.

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

May said her initiative was inspired by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, founded by the Labour lawmaker — Jo Cox, who was murdered in June 2016 by a white supremacist sympathiser.

“We should all do everything we can to see that in Jo’s memory, we bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness for good,’’ she said.

The government cited surveys suggesting that more than nine million people always or often feel lonely, while some 200,000 elderly people reported not having had a conversation with a friend or relative for over one month.

“Up to 85 per cent of disabled…

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