Laura Alcock-Ferguson, Executive Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said:

“We welcome the news today of the Government’s £20 million investment to help tackle loneliness; a timely announcement during Loneliness Awareness Week. Our research found the costs of loneliness to be around £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services. The investment demonstrates the government’s clear commitment to ending social isolation and bringing people together.

“Charities and community groups are often at the heart of local communities, reaching people who are otherwise out of reach.  We welcome the government’s clear recognition of their value. The UK is leading the way in the movement to connect communities and we are proud to be part of this.”