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LGA responds to loneliness report

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to a new report by Relate on loneliness, which says that one in eight adults has no close friends.

"We have long been calling for loneliness to be recognised as a major public health concern and we support Relate in drawing attention to this increasingly important issue.

"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."

View report here


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