CIH Scotland submission on loneliness and social isolation
DescriptionCIH Scotland has published its submission to the Scottish Government consultation on A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections.
In our response, we are calling for:
- Recognition of the valuable work that the housing sector does in reducing loneliness and social isolation;
- Continued Scottish Government investment in social housing at a level that will enable rents to remain affordable and allow landlords to invest in additional services for their tenants and communities;
- Exploration of how best to support alternative housing models, such as cohousing, that can encourage social interaction, building on success from Europe and the rest of the world; and
- Continued commitment from the Scottish Government to mitigate the worst aspects of welfare reform and create a social security system that supports people to have a good standard of living and participate in society.