Date lodged: 21 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to alleviate loneliness among older people.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 4 April 2017
Addressing social isolation and loneliness is key to improving wellbeing and supporting people of all ages to participate in their community. That is why we created a £500,000 Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (2016-17) to support 36 community-based projects tackling social isolation and its impact. We have also supported projects that tackle these issues through our Equality Budget (£20.3m) and Empowering Communities Fund (£20m).
We are developing a National Strategy to ensure a holistic approach across government to problems of loneliness and isolation, and we are engaging with partners and a wide range of interests in the development of this.