20 January 2020

Statement - Response to the government's 'Loneliness Annual Report: the first year'

Today, the government has published their first annual report, which provides a progress update since the publication of the cross-government Loneliness Strategy in October 2018. 

Zoe Abrams, British Red Cross executive director and Loneliness Action Group co-chair said: 

“The cross-government prioritisation of tackling loneliness in recent years has been hugely encouraging. A lack of meaningful connections can cause real harm to individuals, contributing to physical and mental ill-health, and potentially jeopardising employment prospects and reducing quality of life.

Zoe Abrams, Executive Director of Communications and Advocacy at British Red Cross, stands on a balcony for a photograph

“Today’s annual report shows good progress, but the government’s loneliness strategy was always billed as a first step and there is still so much more to do. We must work together to ensure people of all ages and from all backgrounds are supported to reconnect with their communities – whether that be through social prescribing, shoring up public transport links or providing the mobility aids people need to get in and out of their home.

“We now need to see bold new policy announcements tackling loneliness, backed up by a firm and ambitious funding commitment from the Treasury in the upcoming Budget.  The All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness will soon be launching a major inquiry, holding government to account and ensuring progress on this issue is not just maintained but built on throughout the rest of the year”.



For further information or spokespeople: 

Please call 0207 877 7557 or email press@redcross.org.uk


Notes to editors: 

  • For over 150 years, the British Red Cross has helped people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them recover and move on with their lives. redcross.org.uk  

Response to the governments report on loneliness