Loneliness

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on loneliness of the measures announced in Budget 2018.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

There was no requirement on HM Treasury to consider loneliness in developing Budget 2018. The cross-government loneliness team will continue to work with HM Treasury, as with other departments, to explore how social connection is considered and reflected across their policy-making in future, as recently set out in the first loneliness strategy for England, ‘A connected society’.

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