All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness Inquiry
The APPG on Loneliness needs your opinions
Throughout 2020, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness is running a major independent inquiry into loneliness. As you may know, before the coronavirus outbreak, one in five people across the UK already felt always or often lonely.
This figure is now bound to rise. Over the past few weeks more people have started to feel lonely – we know that stress, change and isolation, can all trigger loneliness.
The inquiry will seek to:
- Hold government to account and secure a renewed cross-Government commitment to tackling loneliness and its underlying causes
- Build on progress made to date, by recommending tangible and ambitious next steps for government, at the end of the inquiry in December 2020
- 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, and explore 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.
How to respond to the consultation
The consultation is currently open for submissions. There are a series of questions, which you may respond to. We do not expect you to respond to all of them and advise that you only respond to the questions most relevant to you and/or your organisation.
Please respond through the online form below, or on a separate document if you are responding through the easy-read version.
Please note that the consultation will close on Thursday 7 May at 11:59PM. Any forms submitted after this time will not be considered.
Please contact email@example.com to receive physical copies or print versions.
If you are unable to submit your response electronically, please post it to:
Ms Rasteen Riyahi-Boni
British Red Cross
Sharing evidence at the Houses of Parliament
The APPG will be holding oral evidence sessions in the Houses of Parliament to deliver your evidence in person to a panel of APPG officers. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for an invitation to deliver your evidence in person to a panel of APPG officers at the end of the survey.
If you have any questions regarding the inquiry or the consultation process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.