Local Government Report on Loneliness
Local Government Report on Combating Loneliness, A Guide for Local Authorities
The Local Government Association and Age UK have released a new report, titled Combating Loneliness, A Guide for Local Authorities. This report outlines what councils need to do to address loneliness in their local population. Although the guide focusses on older people, it is anticipated that the recommendations will also be beneficial to other age groups
Loneliness is increasingly understood to be a serious condition that affects mental and physical health, sometimes very detrimentally. Acute Loneliness has been estimated to affect aound 0-13% of older people, and that the number of lonely people aged over 65 is at over 1 million.
There is very strong evidence that loneliness can increase the pressure on a wide range of council and health services, and can be the cause of a significant number of attendances at GP surgeries.
A review also found that loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by around 30%, while another study revealed loneliness can be more harmful to a person's health than smoking 30 cigarettes a day.
In this guide the LGA set out a range of actions for effectively combating loneliness building on the latest evidence. It sets out a three-tiered framework for tackling loneliness: at a strategic level, in local communities and through one-to-one work with individuals.
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