17 JAN 2018

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Helen continues to support the work of The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant was delighted to attend a special reception for The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness hosted by the Prime Minister today at 10 Downing St.

Founded after the tragic events of June 2016, the Commission continues the work of Jo Cox who poignantly said; "young or old, loneliness doesn't discriminate...it is something many of us could easily help with." Their work focuses on taking positive actions in the fight against loneliness, which damages both the mental and physical health of many.

Helen has previously shown her support for the work of the commission by speaking in a debate her colleagues Seema Kennedy MP and Rachel Reeves MP (co-chairs of the Commission) secured in late 2017. At that time, Mrs Grant highlighted the crucial work that charities do in tackling loneliness in our communities.

At the reception at Number 10, the Prime Minister made clear her commitment to tackling loneliness. It came after she responded to a question on the matter earlier that day in Prime Minister's Questions where she paid tribute to the work that had been done so far. She highlighted that the Government recognised there was more to do on the subject but with the new appointment of a Minister for loneliness, an important step had been taken.

Speaking at the event Helen said: 'I am delighted that our Prime Minister hosted this special reception and it was a real privilege to attend.

We all have a role to play in identifying isolation in our communities and I know this Government is committed to stopping this from becoming an ever greater social epidemic.

I would encourage everyone to use the Commission's hashtag #happytochat to raise awareness and start the conversation on this important issue.'

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