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Local authorities need to tackle loneliness

Sir,

Loneliness is a major issue in society and affects everyone from all walks of life regardless of age or ability.

That’s why we’re pleased the Scottish Government is looking at the development of a new approach to tackling the issues of loneliness and social isolation, something we have first-hand experience of and how it affects many of the people we support in Scotland.

Following a recent survey of more than 150 service users of our homecare services in Stirling, Falkirk, Perth and Kinross, and Angus, which focused solely on loneliness and social isolation, it was revealed that the loneliest people receive far fewer visitors each week.

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