Response to Jo Cox Loneliness Report

15/12/2017
Hastoe has welcomed the publication today of the Jo Cox Commission for Loneliness Report.
Response to Jo Cox Loneliness Report
Titled ‘A Call to Action’, the report was set up by the late Jo Cox MP, shortly before her death in summer 2016. It challenges Government and local communities so seek out people at risk of social isolation and tackle long-term loneliness in British society.

The report recommends a new UK-wide loneliness strategy, as well as a Family and Relationship Test for all new Government policies.

Hastoe Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “I am so pleased that this report has been published. Social isolation and persistent loneliness is one of the biggest challenges facing our society.

“The problem can be especially acute in rural communities, where the population is ageing rapidly and there is a greater distance to key services. Around 29% of people over the age of 80 report high levels of loneliness. This is a social blight and something we need to tackle together as a society.

“Housing associations have an important role to play in tackling loneliness. Working with tenants, we can help identify people at risk of social isolation and connect them with people and services.

“Congratulations to Seema Kennedy and Rachel Reeves on continuing Jo Cox’s good work and publishing this report. I hope this is the start of a much wider push to tackle loneliness in our communities.”
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