Wednesday 5 December 2018 / 11:35 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

We can’t ignore the epidemic of loneliness because it ruins lives and creates greater social isolation – Ashworth comment on ONS figures

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on new ONS figures on children, young people and loneliness which shows that over 11% of children and almost 10% of young people say they are often lonely, said:

“Loneliness can have a profound impact on a child’s health, wellbeing and future development. This new analysis must not be ignored by policy makers and practitioners.

“Tackling loneliness must start with an overarching approach that places wellbeing at the heart of public policy. As part of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of every child, Labour would prioritise tackling loneliness by recognising a cross departmental approach is key to improving happiness and wellbeing.

“We simply can’t ignore the epidemic of loneliness because it ruins lives and creates greater social isolation. Everyone, especially children and young people, should be given the opportunity to flourish as part of a secure and caring society.”