Date lodged: 28 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether any members of the national implementation group for the loneliness strategy have a learning disability, and, if not, whether it will ensure that such a person is appointed to the group.
Answered by: Christina McKelvie 12 March 2019
The Scottish Government is not aware of whether or not any member of the implementation group has a learning disability.
Our work to address social isolation and loneliness will consider the needs of a range of groups including people with learning disabilities. The recently published national strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness A Connected Scotland links to the updated Keys to Life strategy for people with learning disabilities, which is driving forward work to ensure that they live healthier lives, have choice and control over the services they use, and are supported to be independent and active citizens.
Our implementation group includes a range of third sector and public bodies as well as COSLA who will be looking closely at the issues and seeking to drive forward progress in an inclusive fashion. We are committed to engaging with a wide range of stakeholders – including learning disability organisations such as LDAS - who have an interest in this work, and we will work closely with the implementation group to develop our plans in this area.