• 15 Dec 2017

    Christmas, so the song goes, can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also the loneliest. Now the government has been urged to adopt a national strategy to tackle what’s being called a “loneliness epidemic”. A cross-party commission set up by the MP Jo Cox before she was murdered says that…

  • 3 Nov 2015

    The charity Campaign to End Loneliness says that one million of us are suffering from acute loneliness, while two and a half million over 60s fear they could end up similarly isolated.

  • 10 Feb 2012

    The claim “Work matters, particularly for older people, not just for money but absolutely for social contact…We know smoking is really bad for you. But much worse are things like social relationships.” David Halpern, 10 February 2012 The background Buried deep in the corridors of power is a slightly mysterious body called the Behavioural Insight…