||<p>Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Government Association jointly published
‘Health and Wellbeing in Rural Areas’ in March 2017, which describes the inequality
experienced by some rural communities; gives a steer for local authorities on issues
to consider in meeting the needs of rural communities and provides examples of case
studies of how local areas are addressing this. The report is available to view at
the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.local.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing-rural-areas"
</p><p>Last October, the Government published England’s first Loneliness Strategy
which lays the foundation for people to build better and more meaningful connections.
The practical measures to reduce loneliness set out in the strategy can also help
to address social exclusion across the country.</p><p> </p><p>The Department welcomed
the opportunity to draw on its own policies and programmes and its arm’s length bodies,
including on primary care, public health, carers, mental health, social care and technology
and digital support to inform the Loneliness Strategy, and remains committed to working
alongside businesses, healthcare professionals, charities, community groups and local
authorities to have a real and lasting impact on loneliness.</p>