The Government’s Loneliness Strategy will be its first step in tackling the long-term challenge of loneliness. Loneliness is a complex issue that affects many different groups of people, and its evidence base is still developing. The Government’s approach will be to focus the strategy where there is the clearest opportunity for government action and further learning. In addition, it will also be working with partners to explore how the evidence base can be improved to inform future government policy.
The Government believes that the strategy should focus on what it can do to reduce the risk of people feeling lonely most or all of the time. It will include both some policies that reduce the risk of loneliness across all groups in society, and some that focus on reducing the risk at specific trigger points for key groups highlighted by Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis: young people; people in poor health; carers; unemployed people; and bereaved people.
In this decision, the Government is not making a judgment that these groups should be prioritised over others. Instead it is a recognition that there are specific policies that could help reduce loneliness within these particular groups. The Government intends to learn from the impact that these policy changes have and use this to plan future action, both across society and for specific groups.
This Call for Evidence is aimed at organisations with expertise and experience in tackling loneliness to inform development of the Strategy framework. The Government is particularly interested in responses from those with specialist knowledge in the planned focus areas.
Responses will be accepted until 20 July 2018 (10am).