LGA responds to Age UK loneliness report
Responding to Age UK's new report No one should have no one: working to end loneliness amongst older people, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said:
"We have long been calling for loneliness to be recognised as a major public health concern and we support Age UK in calling on MPs to put this important issue on the Government's agenda.
"Loneliness and social isolation have a major impact on people's health and wellbeing.
"Research shows loneliness can be more harmful than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
"We all need to wake up to this problem, which is placing an increasing burden on health and social care."
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6 January 2017
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