Christian group 'delighted' about new minister for loneliness

The U.K. has appointed a minister of loneliness to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May calls a "sad reality of modern life" for many U.K. citizens.

"I am sure that with the support of volunteers, campaigners, businesses and my fellow MPs from all sides of the House, we can make significant progress in defeating loneliness", Crouch said, The Sun reported. "We are really pleased to see that the government is taking the issue of loneliness very seriously with its prompt response to our report".

"It's common in the elderly, particularly the frail elderly, but there's lot of other groups that are at high risk of loneliness".

Mark Robinson, the chief officer of Age UK, Britain's largest charity working with older people, also addressed the issue and warned that loneliness isn't a just a passing emotion, but a problem that could kill.

Director of Age UK, Caroline Abrahams said: "While naturally "the proof of the pudding will be in the eating", the Government's decision to develop a cross-cutting strategy on loneliness is one we strongly welcome".

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.

The minister of loneliness position was in part inspired by a report issued after the murder of former Parliament member Jo Cox.

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Throughout 2017 we have heard from new parents, children, disabled people, carers, refugees and older people about their experience of loneliness.

Along with more than nine million people in the United Kingdom, the 71-year-old suffers from loneliness.

An increasing body of research has found that feelings of social isolation can have profound health effects; according to a government commission, loneliness is as bad for people's health as smoking 15 cigarettes daily. The function will be assumed by Tracey Crouch, current Secretary of Sports and Civil Society.

The new ministerial role will continue Cox' legacy, by working with charities and businesses, noted the prime minister.

When I first started the venture with the Veterans' Café, I never thought it would grow into something this big.

Crouch has promised to work across political parties and with communities adding that a multi-million pound fund would help her pull together existing work being carried out on loneliness to create a framework for the future.

  • Joey Payne