The Government’s loneliness strategy for England will be one year old today. In response, our Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Robin Hewings said:

“We surveyed our supporters to understand progress so far. What we found is that while the government is doing roughly what it said it would, it still isn’t making a difference on the ground. This is now the key task for us.

Alongside the individual policies, one of the most important parts of having strategy is the way that it puts loneliness on the agenda. The effects of this are filtering out to all kinds of organisations who are addressing loneliness in their work.

We need to take loneliness from research, pilots and working groups to making a difference to the 1.2 million older people who say they always or often feel lonely.”