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Were Beveridge alive, he’d call our loneliness epidemic a great evil

Loneliness has become a social epidemic and a public health crisis. If we are to tackle it, we need a better welfare state—and a renewed sense of community

By Rachel Reeves  

Loneliness has become a social epidemic.

For many, Christmas is about joy and time with our families. For others, it can be one of the loneliest times of the year.

Later this week, we will be publishing the manifesto of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and setting out our ideas on how Government, and we as a society, can help tackle this problem. It’s not just about finding solutions; it’s also a time to ask what kind of society do we want to live in.

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