New research has discovered that Britain is facing a serious problem with loneliness.
According to a 2017 report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, more than 9 million people in the country often or always feel lonely.
The group operates in memory of Labour Party lawmaker Ms Cox, 41, who was shot dead by a right-wing extremist in 2016. It is a commission that is aimed to try and scale the impact of loneliness in Britain.
Prime Minister Theresa May approached the situation a couple of weeks ago and said in a statement: “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.”
The Office for National Statistics is helping to establish a new method of measuring loneliness, and a fund will be set up to help charities and the government to develop new opportunities and strategies to try and solve the problem.
Research from the government has also shown that 200,000 older people in Britain have not had a conversation with a relative or friend in over a month.
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