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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

Age UK

We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances. We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well-being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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Contact the Age UK Media team on 020 3033 1430 (out of hours: 07071 243 243).

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Last updated: Jan 16 2018

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