All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness Inquiry

How we’re working with government to tackle loneliness

AAPG logoThroughout 2020, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness is running a major independent inquiry into loneliness. As you may know, before the coronavirus pandemic, one in five people across the UK already felt always or often lonely.

This figure is now bound to rise. Over the past few months more people have started to feel lonely – we know that stress, change and isolation, can all trigger loneliness.

The inquiry seeks 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 report, A 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. This closed on 7 May 2020 and explored solutions to crucial but complex policy areas, including: 

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

We 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. 

We will publish and share the results of the inquiry’s findings as soon as they are available. 

For more information, please email rasteenboni@redcros.org.uk

Sharing evidence at the Houses of Parliament

The APPG will be holding oral evidence sessions in the Houses of Parliament to deliver the  evidence we found in person to a panel of APPG officers.

Loneliness can affect any of us: MPs take action

Neil O'Brien OBE MP said: ““Before the coronavirus emergency, loneliness was already one of the country’s greatest public health issues. Now, in light of increased isolation as well as the economic and health impacts of the pandemic, tackling loneliness presents an ever greater challenge, but by working together it can be overcome. 

Loneliness isn’t just about feelings of sadness or separation or a lack of meaningful relationships with others. It’s also about what that can bring, including poor health and well-being, less productive lives and the devastating knock-on effects that has for individuals, communities and public services. It is a problem I said I would work to solve in my very first speech in the House of Commons and today, in light of Covid-19, I am more determined than ever.

Neil O'Brien OBE MP 
 I am pleased to Chair the APPG on Loneliness,   and in particular, take its major independent   inquiry into loneliness forward."

 Neil O'Brien OBE MP
 Chair, APPG on Loneliness

 

In addition to its Chair, Neil O'Brien OBE MP, the group's vice chairs are Alison Thewliss MP, and Dean Russell MP. Its officers are Ellie Reeves MP, Lord Barwell, Baroness Greengross, Alan Mak MP, Jerome Mayhew MP, Giles Watling MP, Karen Bradley MP, Jack Brereton MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Barry Sheerman MP, Kirsten Oswald MP and Matt Vickers MP.

Throughout 2020, the APPG will continue to ensure people are supported throughout their life to have the meaningful social connections of their choosing by influencing government policy and practice.