For the first time, the British appointed a special minister to deal with the lonely issues. What are its duties?
Tracey Crouch, now a Junior Minister for Sports and Civil Society Affairs, is appointed to play a major role in the fight against loneliness in Britain. Prime Minister Theresa May called loneliness the 'sad reality of modern life' that affects millions of its citizens. As UK Secretary of Lonely Affairs, Crouch is in charge of this.
"For so many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," said PM May as reported by AFP Wednesday (17/1/2018).
" I want to face this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to overcome the loneliness felt by the elderly, by volunteers, by those who lost loved ones – people who have no one else to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences, "added PM May.
According to the British Red Cross, more than 9 million people – out of a total of 65.6 million Britons – claim to always be or often feel lonely.
The British Red Cross calls loneliness and is isolated as a 'hidden epidemic', which affects many people of all ages. Loneliness and isolation arise during certain moments in each person's life, such as retirement, loss of a person or separation from a loved one.
The appointment of the Minister of Lonely Affairs follows up on the recommendation of a special commission to commemorate Jo Cox, a member the British parliament that was killed by right-wing extremists in 2016.
"Jo experienced and witnessed loneliness throughout his life, especially when he was a freshman at Cambridge University and when he separated with his sister Kim for the first time," Jo Cox Foundation via Twitter. "He will be glad to know Tracey Crouch's new job as Minister for Lonely Affairs and will say 'let's work!'," Added the statement.
PM May is scheduled to host a dinner to celebrate Jo Cox's 'inheritance' on Wednesday (17 / 1) local time.
Various agenda and programs from the Ministry of Lonely Affairs will be released later this year. The ministry will receive input from national and local governments, as well as various parties ranging from public service agencies, volunteer sector to business circles.
(nvc / nkn)