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Millions of older people are lonely

Over five million older people across the UK are lonely, a report by a national charity has found.

'The Future of Loneliness: Facing the challenge of loneliness for older people in the UK, 2014-2030', released by Friends of the Elderly today, reveals that the number of lonely older people is equivalent to 8% of the total population and 35% of those over 60.

The charity is launching a new campaign to try and combat the problem, supported by David Cameron, called 'Be A Friend', which will encourage people across the country to get to know their older neighbours.

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PM supports bid to tackle loneliness among elderly

Friends of the Elderly's new campaign will reach out to the millions of lonely older people across the UK. Credit: PA

David Cameron will support the launch today of a campaign to help combat loneliness among older people.

National charity Friends of the Elderly's 'Be a Friend' campaign will encourage people across the UK to get to know their older neighbours.

They hope to engage at least 30,000 people during the first year of the campaign.

The campaign launch comes as a report released by the charity reveals that over 5 million older people in the UK are lonely.

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