Tackling Loneliness

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: August 2019

The government's Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the government would take to provide 'national leadership' to tackle loneliness in England. This briefing explains the strategy; considers the steps taken so far by the government; looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions; and briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The briefing is accompanied by a reading list.

The briefing includes reference to the methodological guidance on how to use the recommended loneliness questions for adults and children and how to interpret and report the findings. This is available from ONS (Office for National Statistics).

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