A connected recovery. Findings of the APPG on Loneliness Inquiry

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In early 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness launched a new inquiry into progress since the publication of the UK Government loneliness strategy, “A Connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness” in 2018.

In this latest report from March 2021, the inquiry recommends that the Prime Minister should commit to a “Connected Recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic, recognising the need for long-term work to rebuild social connections following periods of isolation and the importance of connection to resilience to future shocks.

The inquiry explored problems and identified solutions within four crucial policy areas, including:
• 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
• designing and implementing ways to test the implications of government policies on loneliness.

To achieve this, the APPG set out a roadmap, calling on the government to adopt 15 recommendations:
• Tackle loneliness through national leadership, including re-establishing the cross-government approach to tackling loneliness, long-term funding and improving the evidence base.
• Translate national policy into local action, including incentivising local authorities and their partners to develop local action plans to tackle loneliness.
• Invest in the community and social infrastructure needed to connect, particularly in areas with higher levels of deprivation. This should include a long-term investment in the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to realise the full potential of social prescribing – a flagship of the Government’s original loneliness strategy.
• Loneliness proof all new transport and housing developments, and close the digital divide by increasing digital skills and confidence.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

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British Red Cross (2021). A connected recovery. Findings of the APPG on Loneliness Inquiry. London: British Red Cross.