Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2019.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made against the commitment set out in the Loneliness Strategy to incorporate tackling loneliness as a theme in regional and national design quality events attended by people from across the sector, including local authorities.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

At our National Design Quality Conference in Birmingham in February, the subject of loneliness was tackled in a session on healthy place-making and a case study specifically on tackling loneliness was presented. We also hosted a community vision session with 40 representatives of the Birmingham community in which they discussed designing neighbourhoods to tackle loneliness. We displayed examples of good practice in housing design, many of which were designed to facilitate community engagement at the National Conference. These were also displayed at the Housing 2019 conference in Manchester.

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