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Plans to tackle social isolation and loneliness

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Kent County Council plans to set up a taskforce focused on tackling social isolation and loneliness.

Councillors from the select committee researching the issue have recommended their work continues to ensure residents in Kent don't feel isolated or lonely.

Data from the Kent Public Health Observatory suggests over 65s who feel lonely are at higher risk of serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and depression.

Social isolation and loneliness was put in the national public health agenda when an independent commission was set up in MP Jo Cox's memory at the end of 2017.

Members of the select committee are recommending the council broadens its research to include young people, carers and disabled residents.

These plans would see the council setting up a panel tasked with analysing whether social isolation and loneliness is being addressed.

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