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U.K. Appoints Minister for Loneliness

Country Correspondent: Molly Fitzgerald

In recognition of the growing number of Britons experiencing social isolation, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a Minister for Loneliness, Tracy Couch. The role was created following recommendations made by the Commission on Loneliness last year. The government also announced a number of other initiatives, including developing a method of measuring loneliness and building an evidence base for initiatives tackling loneliness. The ministerial appointment has fueled discussion of social isolation among German lawmakers, who praised May for her efforts.


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