Dave Clements

Dave Clements

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Dave Clements

Dave Clements

Dave Clements is a writer, adviser to local government, and convenor of the Social Policy Forum at the Institute of Ideas. With over 15 years experience of working in children and adults’ social care, Dave blogs for publications including the Guardian.

Dave Clements

Is there a ‘silent epidemic’ of loneliness today?

Is there a ‘silent epidemic’ of loneliness today? The Commission on Loneliness, initially set up by the murdered MP Jo Cox, was launched in January with claims that it affects at least 1 in 5 of us, and can lead to depression, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and the onset of dementia. Britain has even been described by researchers as the ‘loneliness capital of Europe’. According to Sue Bourne, who’s documentary Age of Loneliness was broadcast last year, experiences like ‘losing your job or constantly having to move for work makes you rootless’. For all our so-called ‘friends’ on social media more of us live alone than ever before. 

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From Bowie to Kanye: Death of an Icon

Until June 23, when the UK decided to leave the EU, 2016 looked like it would be known as the year the celebrities died, one after the other, often unexpectedly.

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