Royal British Legion (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

In their ‘Plan for London’, the Royal British Legion have called for vulnerabilities such as loneliness and social isolation to be included in your Health Inequalities Strategy. Is this something you would consider, to better support the Armed Forces community?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Thank you for raising this publication with me. I recognise that loneliness and social isolation are important issues for Londoners of all ages and can have a considerable impact on Londoners’ health. The issue is in sharp focus in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges for different ages are recognised in both my Social Integration and Health Inequalities Strategies, with interventions such as community sport, cultural activity and social prescribing playing a vital role in supporting community connections. In particular, addressing loneliness and social isolation through social prescribing was the focus of a small grants programme I ran last year. There is always more to do however, and I have asked my Health Team to consider this in the context of the armed forces and what it might mean for the Health Inequalities Strategy.