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APPG on Loneliness Inquiry

Throughout 2020, the APPG on Loneliness is running a major independent inquiry into loneliness.

The inquiry will seek to:

  1. Hold government to account and secure a renewed cross-Government commitment to tackling loneliness and its underlying causes;
  2. Build on progress made to date, by recommending tangible and ambitious next steps for government, at the end of the inquiry in December 2020;
  3. Explore solutions to crucial but complex policy areas identified by the Loneliness Action Group as outlined within the shadow reportA connected Society? Assessing progress in tackling loneliness.

To form the basis of the inquiry, the APPG has launched a consultation to gather views and evidence on how to better tackle loneliness, and explore solutions to crucial but complex policy areas including:

  1. Designing and implementing ways to test the implications of government policies on loneliness.
  2. Translating national policy into local action through local authorities.
  3. Community infrastructure (including housing, transport and public spaces).
  4. How to adequately fund the voluntary and community sector upon which social prescribing depends.

Who can respond?

They are interested in hearing from Government and arms-length bodies, MPs and peers, NHS stakeholders, businesses, councils, councillors, academics, voluntary and charity sector organisations and members of the public.

How to respond to the consultation

The consultation is currently open for submissions. There are a series of questions which you may respond to. You can respond via the online form here.

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