PM commits to Government-wide drive to tackle loneliness
Published on 16 January 2018 10:30 AM
Commenting on the PM’s announcement of a cross-government strategy to prioritise and tackle loneliness following the findings from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'While naturally "the proof of the pudding will be in the eating", the Government’s decision to develop a cross-cutting strategy on loneliness is one we strongly welcome. Loneliness blights far too many lives in this country and older people are especially at risk.
'It has been a great privilege to be part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness over the past year and we are delighted that the Government has responded positively to its recommendations.
“There is clearly a lot more that we can all do to help prevent and tackle loneliness but we hope this Government initiative will be a big step forward and we look forward to supporting it in any way we can.'
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Notes to editors
 An ‘older household’ for the purposes of the BEIS fuel poverty figures being used in the press release is defined as ‘a household where the oldest person is aged 60 or over’.
 Age UK calculation: Based on the End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s fuel poverty projections (available here: http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/price-cap-methodology/) combined with BEIS statistics on the proportion of fuel poor households where the oldest person is aged 60+ (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics#2019-statistics).
 BEIS, 2021. Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in England, 2021 (2019 data). Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-detailed-tables-2021. [Accessed 03/11/21]. LILEE data, table 22.
 DWP (29 October 2020). Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2018-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2
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