The British government has appointed a new minister with a never-before job profile – a minister of loneliness, who will help in fighting loneliness among British citizens and combating social isolation. One word for it – fascinating!
According to a British Red Cross survey, over 9 million people of the total population of 65.6 million in Britain said that they were always or often lonely, around 2 lakh older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month and up to 85% of young disabled adults felt always lonely. These stats bothered the British government so much that yesterday on January 17, British PM Theresa May appointed the country’s first ever ‘Loneliness Minister’ who will be in charge of tackling loneliness and combating social isolation.
Tracey Crouch was appointed as the Minister of Loneliness of the UK and she will play this unique role in addition to her duty the Sports and Civil Society Minister of the country. This ministerial role was defined in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered for her stands in 2016. However, before death, Cox had managed to define and set up a commission that helped workers and labourers to tackle loneliness and isolation. Tracey Crouch will be following her duties which are defined by the British government as per recommendations defined by Cox before her death, dedicated to the betterment of people of the country.
After taking oath of the new ministerial role, Tracey will be working in coherence with politicians and campaigners across the political spectrum to work on recommendations made by Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The government said it had also begun work on a cross-government strategy and had set up a fund to find innovative solutions to loneliness in communities. A method to measure loneliness has also been devised by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and finally, Jo Cox’s dream of making a difference is closer to be accomplished.