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Leeds - The loneliness capital of England

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  • by Lindsay Pantry
 

MORE THAN two thirds of Leeds’ most vulnerable people say they don’t have as much contact with others as they would like.

The heartbreaking scale of loneliness among adults receiving social care in the city was revealed in a Government survey yesterday, which also ranked Leeds as worst in the country.

Campaigners have called for more action to support those in need, claiming deprivation, a transient population and insular communities are all contributing to the social isolation of the most vulnerable of Leeds’ residents.

Leeds City Council has hit back, saying the survey does not take into account the nationally-acclaimed work it is doing in parts of the city to tackle the problem of loneliness. The council said the report also showed that almost 90 per cent said care services helped them have social contact.

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