NYTIMES - Jan 18 - Britain has a serious problem with loneliness, research has found. ~9M people in the country often or always feel lonely, according to a 2017 report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. Government research has found that ~200K older people in Britain had not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month. The issue prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to appoint a minister for loneliness. Tracey Crouch, who is the under secretary for sport and civil society in the culture ministry, would lead a governmentwide group to build on Ms. Cox's legacy and establish policies on the issue.