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 communityby Rachel Reeves / December 13, 2017 / Leave a comment
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.
Jo had already taken the first steps to setting up the Loneliness Commission before she was tragically killed. For Jo, however big and complex a problem there was always a solution to it. And loneliness is a big and complex problem.
Politics can sometimes get arid and the commission is a great antidote to that. We talk about love, friendship, relationships, connections—the things that matter deeply to people. We’ve forged new friendships too across the floor of the House. There is indeed a case where we have more in common.
I’d like to follow Jo’s lead: I’d like to talk about what loneliness is, and what we can do about it.
The ‘shocking crisis’ of loneliness
In the last few decades loneliness has escalated from personal misfortune into a social epidemic…