Date lodged: 3 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has provided from all funding streams to groups and projects aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation in each year since 2007.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 August 2017
In seeking to support activity that addresses social isolation and loneliness, we have invested significant resources in local community based projects. Our Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (£500K over 2016-17) supported a wide variety of local community projects across Scotland, ranging from basic life skills, creative activities, friendship groups, and support for vulnerable communities. Other funding streams have also supported work to build social connections, including the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (£23.6m over 2008-17), the People and Communities Fund (£38.645M between 2012 to 2017) and the Community Choices Fund (£101K over 2016-17).