All-Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness

What is the All-Party Group on Loneliness?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness is a truly cross-party group of MPs and Peers, chaired by Neil O'Brien MP and supported by the British Red Cross and Co-op in 2020.

Our aim was to ensure people are supported throughout their life to have the meaningful social connections of their choosing by influencing government policy and practice and legislation.

The APPG Loneliness Inquiry

Throughout 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness ran a major independent inquiry into loneliness. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, one in five people in the UK already felt always or often lonely.>

The APPG's independent inquiry sought 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?  which assesses progress in tackling loneliness

To form the basis of the inquiry, the APPG  launched a call to evidence to gather views and evidence on how to better tackle loneliness which closed on 7 May 2020.

We received over 200 replies from a range of organisations and affected people 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.

The result of this work, the APPG's first independent inquiry report, A connected recovery: Findings on the APPG Loneliness Inquiry, is now available.

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Sharing evidence at the Houses of Parliament

The APPG has held oral evidence sessions in the Houses of Parliament to scrutinise the evidence we gathered with a panel of APPG officers. You can see videos of these three separate sessions below:

  1. The role of local authorities in tackling loneliness - 16 July 2020
  2. Funding the voluntary and community sector upon which social prescribing depends - 13 August 2020
  3. What changes need to be made to community infrastructure to tackle loneliness? - 27 August 2020

AAPG logoMembers of the APPG on Loneliness

 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 

 Neil O'Brien OBE MP
 Chair, APPG on Loneliness



In addition to the Chair, Neil O'Brien OBE MP, the group's vice chairs are Alison Thewliss MP, and Dean Russell MP. 

ts 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, Matt Vickers MP and Liz Twist.

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.

The APPG has now launched an independent inquiry into loneliness. The first phase included a survey on the impact of loneliness and the data collected with be used to hold government to account and renew commitments to tackling loneliness. Events and submissions to Parliament will continue until the end of 2020.