Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

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The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is an organisation set up following the murder of the British Member of parliament Jo Cox which planned to find ways to reduce loneliness in the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The commission was launched in January 2017 with the intention of producing a report that would outline ways to combat loneliness in the UK.[1] The commission was co-chaired by MPs Seema Kennedy and Rachel Reeves, and involved 13 charities, including Age UK and Action for Children.

Final report[edit]

The final report was released in December 2017 and had recommendations in three areas:[2]

  • National leadership, including the nomination of a lead minister.[3]
  • Measurement, involving developing a national indicator and annual reporting.
  • Funding, for unspecified initiatives.

Reaction[edit]

Following the release of the report in January 2018, the remit of the Minister for Sport and Civil Society was increased by the current prime minister Theresa May to include loneliness.[4] Many media outlets referred to the current holder of this post, Tracey Crouch, as the 'Minister for Loneliness'.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MPs launch Jo Cox Commission to tackle loneliness". BBC News. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Jo Cox Commission Final Report" (PDF). Age UK. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Mike (15 December 2017). "Jo Cox commission calls for 'minister for loneliness'". Sky. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ "PM commits to government-wide drive to tackle loneliness". UK Government. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's work". BBC News. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.