LGA responds to APPG on Loneliness inquiry

“As this report makes clear - long-term, sustainable funding for councils is needed so they can tackle this urgent public health issue.”


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Responding to an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness inquiry which calls for a ‘connected recovery’ from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils provide and support many essential community services, such as parks and libraries, transport, housing, voluntary organisations and social care, as well as locally-led projects which address loneliness and social isolation.

“They have a critical role to play in tackling loneliness as part of our wider recovery from the pandemic. However - as this report makes clear - long-term, sustainable funding for councils is needed so they can tackle this urgent public health issue.”