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EDM (Early Day Motion) 796: tabled on 15 January 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 24 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House acknowledges the important issue of loneliness and its wide-ranging effects; recognises that a reported 100,000 older people say that they feel lonely often or always, sometimes going an entire month without speaking to anyone; further acknowledges that loneliness can affect anyone regardless of their age or background and is most common between the ages of 18 and 34; understands that loneliness can have a significant detrimental effect on a person's physical and mental health, with loneliness being linked to depression as well as an increased risk of conditions such as diabetes or strokes; values the important work of charities and community groups in supporting those affected; appreciates the importance of Age Scotland's Campaign, No one should have no one; challenges all policy-makers to lead from the front in tackling loneliness and supporting those working in this area; and urges this House to ensure that tackling this scourge of our times is at the heart of considerations when drafting public policy.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.