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Oct 13

Community action to tackle loneliness

I am delighted to be joined today by Shadow Secretary of State for Health Jonathan Ashworth to host community organisations from across Liverpool, including the police health, housing associations and charities, to share ideas on tackling loneliness.

During his visit to Liverpool, Jonathan will pledge that the next Labour government will work with local councils, charities and business to reconnect communities and end loneliness.

There are proven links between high rates of loneliness and poverty and all the evidence suggests that as community services falter due to government cuts, more people are left isolated and experience the misery of loneliness.

Labour in government will reverse that by working with councils to support the kind of local initiatives that tackle poverty and bring people together in their communities.

Today’s initiative is about bringing people together to discuss ways of working together to tackle loneliness and was inspired by the work of my colleague Jo Cox, who was murdered in her Batley and Spen constituency in June 2016.

The Jo Cox Foundation, set up in her name, has made tackling the scourge of loneliness a major foundation for its work. Today, organisations that already do great work in this area and some that want to do more are coming together to share ideas.

We will be feeding these into the foundation’s work on loneliness ahead of national initiatives to be unveiled later in the year.

Liverpool is famed around the world for its friendliness and community spirit and I know that the work we do today will be shared across the country in the future.