BRITAIN APPOINTS MINISTER FOR LONELINESS
Britain has announced her appointment of a “Minister for Loneliness” on Wednesday to tackle loneliness affecting millions of people. The Prime Minister Theresa May describes loneliness as the sad reality of life.
Tracey Crouch, a junior Minister for Sport and Civil Society, will take on the role as part of a broader strategy to combat loneliness in Britain.
“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” May said.
“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,” the prime minister added.
More than nine million people say they are always or often lonely, out of a population of 65.6 million, according to the British Red Cross.
The ministerial appointment follows a recommendation from a committee in memory of Jo Cox, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour party who was murdered by a far-right extremist.
“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 Jo Cox Foundation wrote on Twitter.
“She would be delighted by Tracey Crouch’s new job as minister for loneliness and would be saying ‘let’s get to work!’” the Foundation added.