Minister for loneliness is vital

Livability welcomes the announcement by Downing Street of the appointment of a new Minister for Loneliness yesterday.

Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford since 2010, has taken on the role and will work across political parties.

The appointment will continue the work started by the late MP Jo Cox, through the Commission on Loneliness.

Addressing issues of isolation and loneliness in our society is so important. Disabled people are at high risk of being socially isolated. They can experience all sorts of barriers to a flourishing life: benefit cuts, unemployment, lack of educational opportunities, poverty, poor accessibility in public spaces, and prejudice from others.

‘At Livability – we are committed to seeing people get more connected with their community – because we know that good networks of support are vital to health and well being. We welcome this appointment.’ said Janet Miles, Head of Communications and Campaigns.

Livability started the ‘It All Adds Up’ pledge last year – to help people create more connections and tackle isolation in their communities. Based on the New Economics Foundation’s ‘Five ways to Wellbeing’ it encourages people to: Connect, Get Active, Be Mindful, Learn or Give.

Find out more about the Pledge here.