The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed a Minister of Loneliness, Telegraph reports.
The current Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, will fill the role of heading the Minister of Loneliness.
The creation of the ministry is reportedly to honour the legacy of Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox, who May has described as one who wanted to “shine a light” on loneliness.
It had been recommended to the government by the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission, an organisation set up in honour of the late MP, to make a minister responsible for the problem. Theresa May said:
For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.
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.
Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected.
I am pleased that Government can build on her legacy with a ministerial lead for loneliness who will work with the Commission, businesses and charities to shine a light on the issue and pull together all strands of Government to create the first ever strategy.