Loneliness

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd 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 include loneliness in measures of design quality, starting with Homes England and other Government programmes.

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

We are working closely with Homes England to ensure design quality across Government programmes and there is ongoing work to establish how places can be designed to boost people's health and well-being, including tackling loneliness.

For example, prospective garden communities were required to outline how they would achieve 10 design qualities in their proposals. These qualities help create places that support cohesive communities, and proposals were assessed against these criteria.

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