Tackling Loneliness

As many as one in five adults in the UK report often or always feeling lonely1 – that’s more than the combined population of Scotland and Wales. The scale of the problem hasn’t gone unnoticed; there is now a Minister for Loneliness and a cross-governmental strategy to tackle the issue, propelled in part by the valuable work of the Commission on Loneliness set up by Jo Cox.

While this national attention is welcome, loneliness is a deeply personal issue, the experience of which will vary from person to person and place to place. Local government is therefore uniquely positioned to take the place-based, tailored action required to address issues relating to loneliness on the ground. This Innovation Briefing will draw on evidence and action to date to understand how councils are and can continue to tackle loneliness.

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