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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-02927: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 20 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the South Scotland region and other rural areas.

Answered by: Christina McKelvie 27 February 2019

It is important that our work to address social isolation and loneliness is inclusive of rural communities. I was pleased to learn from the member of the great example set by the Retired Farming Social Group in Dumfries and Galloway at the debate last month, and I’m looking forward to hearing some choir singing later in the year too.

We know that social isolation and loneliness manifest themselves in different ways in urban and rural communities. We want to develop our understanding of the differences in rural communities, and will explore this further through engagement with bodies like Scottish Rural Action and Scotland’s National Rural Mental Health Forum as part of our wider work to build a more connected Scotland.