Government’s work on tackling loneliness
This page brings together Government’s work and announcements on loneliness.
Loneliness can affect everyone – from children to carers to new parents to students starting at university to older people and those with disabilities. As the late Jo Cox said, loneliness doesn’t discriminate.
But tackling loneliness matters to everyone – to individuals, employers, communities, educators and to health professionals. Supporting people to have meaningful social relationships is not just crucial to people’s physical and mental health, it also affects their productivity in the workplace and wider community cohesion. To tackle loneliness across society, we all need to take action and government can play an important role supporting this.
In January 2018, the Prime Minister announced the government’s plans to tackle loneliness. Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch was appointed as the ministerial lead for cross-government work on loneliness, and a team within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is supporting the delivery of the government’s plan.
Loneliness cross-Government team
The team includes representatives from Government departments contributing to the work, and supporting the Cross Government Ministerial Group on Loneliness:
- Chair: Tracey Crouch MP (Minister for Sport and Civil Society)
- Victoria Atkins MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability)
- Caroline Dinenage MP (Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care)
- Lord Gardiner (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity)
- Nusrat Ghani MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport)
- Nick Gibb MP (Minister of State for Schools)
- Andrew Griffiths MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility)
- Sarah Newton MP (Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work)
- Rishi Sunak MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
- Developing a cross-government strategy on loneliness in England, to be published later in 2018
- Developing the evidence-base around the impact of different initiatives in tackling loneliness, across all ages and within all communities
- Establishing appropriate indicators of loneliness across all ages, with the Office for National Statistics
- Creating a dedicated loneliness grant fund
We are grateful to many partners and organisations for their help in developing our thinking so far, including:
- The Jo Cox Foundation
- Campaign to End Loneliness
- British Red Cross
- Members of the Technical Advisory Group (experts from academia, service providers, funders and other government departments)
- Members of the Loneliness Action Group (40 national bodies working on loneliness)
- The All Party Parliamentary Group on loneliness
- University of Bath
- UCL Business School